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

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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

Flipping Genres

fiction-genres-changing-writing-genresI recently finished reading a book that was high fantasy, Dragon’s Path by Daniel Abraham, and loved it. However, when talking with a colleague about the book, he mentioned other books by this author that are more science fiction based. When I started read these books I was surprise how different his author’s voice sounded. This got me thinking about how changing genres affects you and your writing. Continue reading