Have you read The Bestseller Code?
The authors, Jodie Archer & Matthew L. Jockers, say that the two bestselling adult books of all time–Fifty Shades of Gray and The Da Vinci Code–share a “regular rhythmic beat” that no other books share, at least not as closely.
Whether coincidence or not, don’t you kind of want to know how to create that regular rhythmic beat in your WIP? Continue reading
Oh, People, have I got a treat for you! Continue reading
Almost done with Character! We’ve been looking at how to select details to best convey characterization. Last week we came up with some details for Amos Anderson, the main character of one of the stories we’ve been developing. Now let’s use those details as fodder for his introduction using the seven methods of character introduction that we outlined a few weeks ago. Continue reading
We’ve been looking at how to select character details and introduce characters. Today, we’re going to select some concrete details for the main character of one of the stories we’ve been working on Continue reading
I read Red Dragon again recently. Let’s look at the details Thomas Harris chose for his antagonist’s introduction, Continue reading
As Nancy Kress says, “Characters have to be called something. And since they do, you may as well . . . make your names contribute to world building, characterization, and plot development.” To that end, here’s what the craft masters have to say about choosing character names. Continue reading
Whether you know everything about your characters before you start writing or nothing about them, you can’t include every single detail in your manuscript. (Well, you can, but you probably shouldn’t.)
As Nancy Kress says, you’ll want to “choose artfully.” You’ll want to home in on the particular details your readers are looking for. Which details are those, you ask? Read on . . .
We’ve been looking at character: introducing the character, forging the reader-character bond, creating contradictions . . . All good stuff. But let’s back up a bit. There’s a word that gets thrown around a lot about character, and, I’ll admit, sometimes I feel like maybe I don’t actually know what it means. Continue reading
In the last post, we listed seven techniques to use when introducing characters. Most of the masters use a combination of techniques. Here’s how. Continue reading
I read a lot of craft books for this site. Quite often, within the first few pages, the writing guru lays out for me and all other aspiring authors Continue reading