Category Archives: Monday Tool Day
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
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.)
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
A character’s first appearance in a story is a big opportunity to characterize. Here are several ways to fulfill its potential. Continue reading
As Steven James says, “If readers don’t care about your protagonist, they won’t care about your story.”
This readers caring about your protagonist business is known as the reader-character bond, character likability, and character identification. If you want your readers to care about your story enough to finish it, then you’ve got to know how to forge this bond. Here are 9 ways to do so. Continue reading
We know them when we see them. We all want to create them. But what exactly distinguishes a three-dimensional character from that other kind? What exactly does “three-dimensional” mean and how do we render it on a two-dimensional page? Continue reading