Juicy Characters: 6 Tips to Success

How do we right those characters that you love, or even better love to hate? Well good question. The quality of your book’s characters will define the book greatly in terms of how well it is thought of. Great characters are often the difference between the top and a flop. Another great article by book geek that will have your characters pulling heart strings.  Subjects covered include:

  1. Creating compelling characters.
  2. Characters are attitude.
  3. Characters are emotion.
  4. Characters must have a goal.
  5. Character is action/dialogue.
  6. Me and Imagination.

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Villains: 6 Tips How To

So how do you create that classic villain. The one that will send a chill down your reader’s spine and stand the test of time? Well Book Geek has done it again with some killer tips for creating your villain. Subjects covered include:

  1. Have the villain get personal with the heroes.
  2. Make sure they have a believable motive or agenda.
  3. Either have your villains learn from their mistakes or the mistakes of their peers, or dispose of them quickly.
  4. Don’t make your villains Nazis with the serial numbers filed off.
  5. Remove the following words and phrases from your villain’s regular vocabulary.
  6. Wipe that smirk off your villain’s face.

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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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