Today’s guest post is by Dave Chesson. Thanks to the golden age of television, Margaret Atwood is finally gaining the recognition she deserves. Don’t get me wrong. Atwood has always been known for publishing politically provocative, emotionally engaging fiction. However, due to the runaway success of the Handmaid’s Tale, not to mention the topical relevance […]
Not too many years ago, I thought an accurately portrayed scene naturally caused readers to experience the emotions that the characters would logically feel in such situations. Not true! As Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi explain in The Emotion Thesaurus: A Writer’s Guide to Character Expression, we must take our innate skills of observation and […]
The post How to Write Emotion: An Experimental Study appeared first on Helping Writers Become Authors.
Today’s guest post is by Braeden Phillips. Have you ever given a piece of writing to a friend to read and had butterflies in your stomach as you watched her read it? Most writers know what I am talking about. Whether we’re doubting our own abilities, dealing with criticism, or struggling with our first draft, […]
Some writers might look at that title and respond incredulously: “When isn’t writing hard?” But as I’m sure all writers everywhere can attest, there are times when writing is hard in the normal sense and times when it’s hard hard. Often, the difficulty lies simply in the unwieldy story—and the need for an ever-evolving understanding and ability […]
The post 7 Things to Try When Writing Is Hard appeared first on Helping Writers Become Authors.
Today’s guest post is by Gilbert Bassey. A killer first draft, the holy grail—who doesn’t want it? Conventional wisdom says that you can’t write a good first draft. As Hemingway famously said, “The first draft of anything is shit.” No doubt, he makes a valid point, but, as with everything, just because it sounds true, […]
Being able to write realistic, consistent, multi-dimensional characters is vital to gaining reader interest. Doing so first requires we know a lot about who our characters are—you know, the obvious stuff: positive and negative traits, behavioral habits, desires, goals, and the like. But it’s not always the obvious parts of characterization that create the most […]
The post 7 Things Your Character Is Hiding appeared first on Helping Writers Become Authors.
If you’re not familiar with the site MasterClass, I want to encourage you to check it out. In addition to terrific writing classes with top writers, they offer a whole lot of neat classes, including basketball with Steph Curry (how cool is that?), Serena Williams teaching tennis, and cooking classes with expert chefs. Yes, this […]
Paragraph breaks are something akin to a writer’s turn signals. They silently—sometimes almost subliminally—tell readers what’s about to happen and how they should react. As you may remember (or not) from school, a paragraph break in technical writing is meant to indicate a new thought. (I have clear memories of being required to find and […]
The post Critique: How to Use Paragraph Breaks to Guide the Reader’s Experience appeared first on Helping Writers Become Authors.
Plotting is complex, and whether you “wing it” or plot extensively, there are 5 key steps that will help you stay on track when brainstorming a scene. I’m reprinting a blog post I wrote a few years back to bring attention to these basic steps all novelists should consider when putting a scene together. Writing […]
Multiple-POV story versus single-POV story? Which is the right choice for you? The answer depends on many factors, since every story is different. Knowing which approach to POV to choose isn’t difficult once you know how to choose. My just-released historical-superhero/gaslamp-fantasy novel Wayfarer was the first ever single-POV story I’ve written. For years now, I’ve consistently been minimizing the […]
The post 10 Advantages of Writing a Single-POV Story (What I Learned Writing Wayfarer) appeared first on Helping Writers Become Authors.