When you’re ready to do character thoughts with sarcasm, you know you don’t need to think about POV any more. POV Like a Boss Checklist At the end of this post I’ve done a bulleted list to show you what you need to do to POV like a boss, so you don’t have to wade… Continue reading 10 Steps for Handling POV Like a Boss
If you’re anything like me, and anything like most writers, you want your book finished. Now this is going to sound topsy-turvey, but one of the most effective ways of making your book shorter, of making it less about word count and more about the overall strength of your story, is to make use of… Continue reading Story Maintenance: How to Make Backstory More Effective
This is an article about a very famous book. See if you can identify it. It’s a complex story of politics and war, but although there are several factions, most of them align pretty clearly on the side of Good or the side of Evil. Since the story is complex, there are several main characters,… Continue reading Character Archetypes: Is Your Main Character a Hero?
You will have noticed that I take exception to deconstruction – the practice of textual analysis to find out how a story works. It’s fascinating but creatively empty. You can’t learn to tell stories from it, because it doesn’t reveal how the author tried to reach his objective. Through the story creation process, the author… Continue reading Character Creation: What Characters Are Really For
Five men stood on the scaffold. One of them, you would assume without even needing to see under the hood that covered his whole head, certainly did not want to be there. One of them betrayed no signs of discomfort; once he had placed the noose, he leaned back against the frame with almost indecent… Continue reading Getting Started With Worldbuilding
In the popular imagination, ruthless publicists seek ghostwriters to write books for feckless celebrities, so that soccer players and glamor models can cash in on fame’s brief bubble while it lasts, and perhaps gain a little credibility by showing that they possess basic literacy skills.
Plenty of published authors can, and are happy to, write their novels on manual typewriters, dictaphones, or generalist word processors like Microsoft Word. But ever since the desktop publishing revolution (which began, it is said, in 1983 with Type Processor One), some authors of fiction have wondered if tools specifically for them might not be… Continue reading Writing Software: The Ultimate Resource List for Book Writing Programs