Don’t Have Excess Characters

Make sure you don't have characters that are wasting everybody's time and taking up oxygen.  What I mean is - sometimes characters are put in because they feel necessary. Such as: Your MC: people have friends, right? Let's give them a friend. At School: there are always bullies, right? Here's a bully. At home: They … Continue reading Don’t Have Excess Characters

How Much Backstory is Too Much?

Backstory. The story before the story. Every character has it - but how much do you need of it? There are TONS of stuff on developing characters backgrounds....I am to divide character backstory into two schools of thought: What the readers needs What the writer needs We'll start with what the Reader needs. ONLY WHAT'S … Continue reading How Much Backstory is Too Much?

The REAL question: 1st Person or 3rd?

(I GOT A NEW iPHONE GUYS!!! ) Ignore the above. It's completely irrelevant. So. 1st Person or 3rd??? I tend to write in 3rd person myself (not omniscient though.) Though sometimes I'll write 1st. But usually I'll write so deep into 3rd person that I'll forget which I'm writing and accidentally start writing in 1st.... … Continue reading The REAL question: 1st Person or 3rd?

Christmas Hiatus and 6 Writing Resolutions for the New Year

HEY WHAT'S UP EVERYONE I'M BACK. DID YA MISS ME?? I hope so. I apologize for the unannounced hiatus (though I don't apologize for the hiatus. It was Christmas and that's just what happens during the holidays). I think there are still comments I haven't replied to yet....(Is it too late? So sorry guys.) BUT … Continue reading Christmas Hiatus and 6 Writing Resolutions for the New Year

When you read the first draft

You write the infamous word THE END. Your first draft is done. Maybe it took a year. Maybe you knocked it out in a week. Either way, it's a great feeling to see your work finished TIME TO PARTY!!!!!  Well - there's one, tiny, tiny thing. You still have to edit. *sighs heavily and crawls … Continue reading When you read the first draft

5 things to do when you don’t connect with your characters

Characters. Our novels would be nothing without them, just a bunch of trees and abandoned neighborhoods and castles. There would be no plot and hence no story and hence no novel. We need characters. But more importantly we need fleshed out, amazing, multi-dimensional characters who jump off the page with pzazz and splendor. Yeah. That's … Continue reading 5 things to do when you don’t connect with your characters

Plotters VS. Pantsters: the Great War

Plotters and Pantster. Those are the two kinds of writers. I'm a pantster. (Well,  I'm a hybrid. A lot of times it just depends on what I'm working on. But generally I'm a pantster). (am I spelling pantster right?? I hope so). Plotters plot the story before they write it, and Pantsters just take a … Continue reading Plotters VS. Pantsters: the Great War

The Strong Female Character NO ONE TALKS ABOUT.

Quick rant today guys. Everyone likes to talk about female characters and how to properly write them. I've stayed out of the conversation because honestly I'm sick of it. It's a constant back and forth of is she strong enough, is she feminine enough, is she too feminine, is she too pretty or too ugly. … Continue reading The Strong Female Character NO ONE TALKS ABOUT.

A Word on Villains

Lately my posts have been all about the laughs (well, mostly at least). But...I have this thought...it's been bugging me...and I am fresh out of this month's "ideas for blog posts" (If you have any, send them over). *takes deep breath* (prepare for a rant guys) I feel like writers have been getting villains wrong … Continue reading A Word on Villains

Aesthetics

*WARNING: SUPER SHINY THINGS AHEAD* Aesthetics are awesome because everyone likes pretty things (You don't? Get help). Aesthetics are even awesomer when telling a story...my story. The Green Crows Trilogy. We'll start with characters today. *Disclaimer: I own none of these photos. They are photos from Pinterest. Applause to the creators* Main Character: Hugh Varden Gallagher (A.K.A … Continue reading Aesthetics