Constructive Critism Please: Why It’s So Important

The value of constructive criticism is priceless. It is hard to fix our writing if we don’t know what’s wrong with it. Even constructive praise can be hard to come by though. People will more often or not tell you how much they loved it or hated it but not tell you why. Sometimes it is because they don’t know why and are just too lazy to figure it out. The why is the most useful part. Today’s link explains how.

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Making Act Two Shine: 9 No Fuss Ways

Good structure of your storyline often has a little hidden formula that you don’t learn until after you’ve written a few. Today’s link looks directly at the second act. There is some really great advice for your second act here. I think the second act is often harder than the first as the momentum of the excitement of starting a new story has waned. Subjects covered include:

  1. A New World
  2. The Gatekeeper
  3. The Plan
  4. Complication
  5. Initiation or Training
  6. Building the Team
  7. Moving Target
  8. Genre definition
  9. The Midpoint

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Writing Software: Scrivener

I will swear by this software. I use it and I recommend it for anyone writing a long book. Word processors are fine when writing short stories or poetry but when your story lines get more complex and there is research to store and excessive amounts to remember, having a software that not only allows this but supports it fully can be the difference between finishing your book in a timely fashion or not finishing it at all. No  matter how you choose to work there are features here to support you. If you are still a little skeptical then try the 30 day free trial. It only includes the days that you write so you get your full 30 days. Features covered include:

  1. Your complete writing studio
  2. Write, structure, revise
  3. Create order from chaos
  4. Your research—always within reach
  5. Getting it out there
  6. Who Uses Scrivener?

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Great Character Arcs: 10 Tips

Well rounded characters with profound and believable plots are often what can make or break your book. We have looked at character arcs and what they are for but how do we use them to their greatest extent. The development of characters should seem natural but denote change that is interesting and unexpected. Today’s link gives us some great ways to make that possible. Subjects covered include:

  1. Who Is the Character at the Beginning?
  2. Inner Demons
  3. Perception of Self
  4. Show the Character Changing
  5. Desired or Undesired Traits
  6. What Does the Character Become?
  7. Is the Change Natural?
  8. Resistance to Change
  9. Don’t Contrive Events
  10. Who Else is Affected?

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Why Should My Character Have An Arc?

What is a character arc? Should my character have one? What should it look like? How do I use it to enrich my characters. In today’s link we discover character arcs and their validity. Here we have some really great info on them and their uses. Subjects covered include:

  1. Character arcs are not 100% necessary.
  2. However, not giving your character one can simply be laziness on your part.
  3. When someone claims a character has no arc, take a closer look.
  4. Arcs can go either way.
  5. Or, the character’s evolution may not be shaped like an arc at all.
  6. The important part of all this is change, mostly internal.
  7. If you have a main character that doesn’t require an arc—give arcs to one or more secondary characters.
  8. Two sure-fire ways to help give your character an arc.

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Make Writing Your First Novel Simple: 10 Tips

Writing a book is actually quite simple in principle. Keeping it simple is often the key to success. However, some of the very simple practices needed are often more easily said than done. Looking to master the simple stuff? Today’s link is just that, simple and to the point. A lot of people will write a top ten with advice for writing but not all are as simple and comprehensive as this. Subjects covered include:

  1. Start small.
  2. Have an outline.
  3. Have a set time to work on your book every day.
  4. Choose a unique place to write.
  5. Have a set word count.
  6. Give yourself weekly deadlines.
  7. Get early feedback.
  8. Ship.
  9. Embrace failure.
  10. Write another.

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