You love your main character–or at least find them interesting enough to write about. But that doesn’t mean you can treat them like you like them. Your story depends on your main character suffering–here’s why.
As you head into the final third of your book, the whole nature of your story shifts. Here are a few thoughts to help navigate the shift
Research is amazing–research is vital! But it’s more than just fact-checking. Here’s how to make the most of your research time.
There are voices you’ve absorbed from reading, and there are voices you’ve absorbed from living. Both will get in the way of your writing if you don’t figure out how to shut them up. Here are some techniques for doing just that.
It’s one thing to do a one-month NaNoWriMo. It’s another thing to write day-in, day-out, for years on end. People ask me “How do you do this every day?” You might be wondering the same thing about your own writing. Here’s the answer.
Who are you writing this for? Who are you trying to impress? If you want to free your creative voice, you need to start from the inside, and work outwards. Here’s why it’s important, why it’s difficult, and some tips on how.
You’re almost halfway through, and that means your novel’s about to really cut loose. This one’s all about what Jim Butcher calls The Big Middle!
Brackets can save your flow when you’re in it, but using them the wrong way can cut you off from some amazing opportunities. Here’s how to tell the difference between what you should fix later, and what you should take time off to research ASAP.
Dreading the revisions at the end of your novel? Wondering how to keep your complicated plot from going off the rails, even when you’re working without an outline? This technique can solve both problems for you, and unlock other creative possibilities besides.
Believe it or not, writing can actually take a serious toll on your body, and the damage you do can lead to disability, surgery, or premature death. Here’s how to avoid the pitfalls and keep yourself healthy and writing into extreme old age.