There's a saying, that if you are going to critique someone you should first walk a mile in their shoes. That way, when they get mad, you're a mile away and you have their shoes. But, what do their shoes look like? Are they wearing sneakers? Heels? Work boots? What color are they? What kind … Continue reading Your Readers’ Shoes
When you're writing dialogue, it can be easy to overuse the word "said". Go through your draft and count how many times you've said the word said. I'll wait... It was a lot, right? So, here is a list of other words you could use in your dialogue other than the word "said". repliedaskedexplainedboastedacknowledgedpleadeddemandedshoutedaddedcautioneddoubtedsnappedassuredwhinedannounceddisclosedwhisperedmockedreassuredsharedexpressedscreechedbeggedscrutinizedproposedexclaimedconfidedyelledinterjecteddivulgedyammeredrevealeddeclaredmentionedshrieked grumbledclaimedstammeredansweredsnarledbraggedguessedinsistedapologizedretortedimpliedrantedcomplimentednotedscoffedcriedobservedscreamedmumbledgloatedquippedhintedsnickeredwailedscoldedstatedteasedchimed … Continue reading List of Words for “Said”
The five basic story elements are characters, setting, plot, conflict, and resolution. The characters react to their setting the conflicts that you put them in when you are creating the plot. The resolution of the conflict depends solely on how the character changes throughout the story. Characters are people. They have feelings and dreams. Developing … Continue reading Story Structure
Choosing to write a series is an important decision. Usually, series are born from stories that are too big for one book. However, a series can also be built from extensive planning of individual stories for each book. Either way, a series usually follows a character through different stages of their life and various adventures. … Continue reading Writing a Series
Characters are people. They have feelings and dreams. Developing characters that are complex can be difficult, but if you ask yourself if your characters meet all the humanistic checkpoint and can answer yes, then chances are you have a well-rounded character. What are the humanistic checkpoints for a character? I’m glad you asked. When creating … Continue reading What is a Character?
You hook your readers in the first three seconds of your book. Or you don't. The beginning of your story is what sets the tone for the whole book and the way your reader relates to it. If they're bored in the beginning, they probably won't bother to finish the book. To avoid that, your … Continue reading Start in Action
In order to stay sharp in your writing, you must practice your skills! Below are some writing exercises that you can do at any time to keep your writing up to par. You can also use these exercises to help you get motivated to work on your written masterpiece if you're having trouble getting started. … Continue reading Writing Exercises