Character Traits: How your hero’s past shapes his future

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Humans have layers: hopes, dreams, flaws, fears and secrets, and in order to create an engaging character that readers will relate to, they need those too. As writers, we’re always trying to find ways for the reader to feel that they’re sharing the same experiences with these strong, deep characters do. If you, as the author, create a good backstory and understand what your character(s) did before the story began this will help you to develop characters whose past are woven into the Continue reading

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Book review: Throne of Glass

Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass, #1)Throne of Glass. Sarah J. Maas. 2012. 404 pages. [Source: Library]

After serving out a year of hard labor in the salt mines of Endovier for her crimes, 18-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien is dragged before the Crown Prince. Prince Dorian offers her her freedom on one condition: she must act as his champion in a competition to find a new royal assassin.

Her opponents are men-thieves and assassins and warriors from across the empire, each sponsored by a member of the king’s council. If she beats her opponents in a series of eliminations, she’ll serve the kingdom for four years and then be granted her freedom. Celaena finds her training sessions with the captain of the guard, Westfall, challenging and exhilirating. But she’s bored stiff by court life. Things get a little more interesting when the prince starts to show interest in her … but it’s the gruff Captain Westfall who seems to understand her best.

Then one of the other contestants turns up dead … quickly followed by another. Can Celaena figure out who the killer is before she becomes a victim? As the young assassin investigates, her search leads her to discover a greater destiny than she could possibly have imagined.
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Revising your first draft Pt. 1

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When writing your novel, it’s inevitable that you will need to revise it. In fact you will likely revise it multiple times before it’s finally ready to be read by others, than you’ll need to revise it even more. Here are some ways to help you through this process, whether it’s your first revision or your fifteenth. Continue reading

Religion in Novels

peaceIn all religions, there is a common underlying thread they all share that is expressed in different ways. When you introduce religion in your story, whether it is established and recognizable or created by you, using it with subtle undertones is better for world building. There are those who use religion as the drive force in their novel, but if you want to use it to create depth for your world it will come across better if it’s understated. Continue reading

6 things to consider when writing a synopsis

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Start With Plot

The sequence of main events in your plot should be included: The inciting incident, first plot point, mid-point, second plot point, climax and resolution. Be sure to mention any event(s) which oppose the main goal of the story and character. Though you might be tempted to leave the ending as a surprise, don’t do this in a synopsis. The agent(s) or publisher(s) need to know how your story ends to get a sense of how it works together from beginning to end. Continue reading

Writing is a Priority

imagesOVBWB76ESo you want to finish that novel you’ve been working on since the dawn of time. Okay, maybe it hasn’t been quite that long, but I’m sure sometimes it feels like it. Making writing a focus in your life is difficult. Life is constantly getting in the way and people or events are vying for every spare moment. How are you ever going to get that book done? You have to be determined and make the decision that it’s important enough to change some things in your life. Continue reading