The Hero’s Journey involves a set of steps that are often illustrated in a wheel. The wheel is divided into three “Acts” and goes across 12 “Steps” that the protagonist, or “Hero”, ends up taking. … More What is the Hero’s Journey?
The first anything with a novel is tough to get right. The first chapter is especially difficult. … More 3 Do’s And Don’ts Of #Writing The Opening Chapter Of A Novel
One of the best ways to stay on track with goals or annual resolutions is to write them down and to periodically keep regular progress reports. … More Quarterly Writing Goals: Q3 2017
Like every writer in the universe, I struggle with self-doubt and the “soggy middle” of my novels. The only thing you can do is power through it. … More What are some of your writing struggles?
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You’ve heard it said that writers should write using all their senses. Here’s why. A scene without sensory detail or imagery created by elaborating details is just a sentence. Create scintillating scenes by inserting unforgettable word images in the reader’s mind. Click to Tweet #amwriting #scintillatingscenes Sensory detail…
There is no magic formula to create the perfect first line. What is considered a great opening line is as varied as the novels that contain them. 4-Opening Paragraph Tips: Read the first page of novels in your genre. Knowing what other authors did will help you avoid clichés and see what works and what … More What Makes For A Great Opening Line Of A Novel?
What makes a character memorable is that they battled great external hardships, faced internal struggles, and had unique personalities. … More Questionnaire for Writing Character Profiles – Create Memorable Characters