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Making Minor Characters Matter

Any novel could potentially contain a cast of hundreds. Most of the important action, however, will only involve the protagonist and a few other major characters. But just because minor characters aren’t taking up the limelight, it doesn’t mean you have license to make them bland and unmemorable. On the other side of that coin, [...]

By | February 5th, 2018|The Craft of Writing|4 Comments

What You Should Consider When Naming Your Characters

Creating your cast of characters is one of the most exciting parts of storytelling. Naming them, however, is not always easy. There’s plenty to take into consideration – from the nature of the plot, to the genre, the location and time of the setting, and even the nuances of pronunciation. All of these things can [...]

By | January 31st, 2018|The Craft of Writing|11 Comments

[VIDEO] How to Find and Capture Ideas for Your Novel

Next to writer’s block – where the words required to progress through an in-progress work just refuse to come – one of the most common maladies reported by any fiction writer is lack of inspiration. In this instance, the words don’t have a chance to come – because the idea they’ll be required to express [...]

By | January 29th, 2018|The Craft of Writing, Writer's Life|0 Comments

Ruthless Editing for Nice People

Congratulations! You’ve finished your latest masterpiece. The final words are locked in, your story arc is complete, and page after page of tension and excitement stand ready to march you through to the bestseller list in no time. But, okay, hold on a moment... you didn’t think it would be that easy, did you? Because [...]

By | January 22nd, 2018|The Craft of Writing|8 Comments

What on Earth is Purple Prose?

As a writer, you’ve likely come across the term ‘purple prose’ on more than one occasion – usually delivered with a sneer or some inflection that marks the phrase as an unmistakeable pejorative. But if you’re something of a novice in the world of writing and publishing, you might be asking yourself each time: just [...]

By | January 17th, 2018|The Craft of Writing|6 Comments

Tension Techniques: Annihilation of Authority

Dramatic tension and suspense are cornerstones of gripping storytelling, but they can take many forms, and there is a wealth of ways through which you can infuse them in into your novel. But even when you have a wide range of tools to generate tension and suspense, it can be difficult to decide which technique [...]

By | January 15th, 2018|The Craft of Writing|4 Comments