“Stories fueled by intentions never reach their boiling point”: Writing advice from Bret Anthony Johnston

Do you write with a strict outline or a loose concept? While there’s no right or wrong answer there are pros and cons to each strategy. A strict outline can keep your thoughts on track and provide you with motivation even when writer’s block may hit. And a general concept might be too broad andContinue reading ““Stories fueled by intentions never reach their boiling point”: Writing advice from Bret Anthony Johnston”

Balance and Backstory

Still confused about backstory, how much to include, and where to add it? Think of the plot like an engine pushing the story along: “Because fiction requires a mighty engine to thrust it ahead—and take the reader along for the ride—backstory if used incorrectly, can stall a story. A novel with too little backstory canContinue reading “Balance and Backstory”

Write High-Stakes Tension: Are you too close to your characters?

Are you too close to your characters? You’ve engendered, given traits, and brought your characters to life on the page. It’s not surprising that writers find themselves attached to their characters and are afraid of putting them into complicated situations. If you’ve created complex and compelling enough characters they will falter and they will hitContinue reading “Write High-Stakes Tension: Are you too close to your characters?”

Writer Feedback in the Publishing Industry

Taking feedback and criticism is never easy. Especially when the feedback directly relates to the body of work you have put so much time, effort and emotion into. Stepping back from the immediate reaction of a) ‘They only read 3 chapters, what could they possibly know?” b) “I just received an editorial letter, I must revise immediately”Continue reading “Writer Feedback in the Publishing Industry”