Things I Wish I Knew: 5 Things To Know When Writing Diverse Characters by Dahlia Adler

You might know Dahlia Adler as an author, a blogger, a Twitter enthusiast (follow her)–or all three! But I know her as an intelligent advocate of marginalized voices and talented writer of diverse stories. She’s our next expert in the “Things I Wish I Knew” series. Writing diverse characters is a life skill for a writer. ItContinue reading “Things I Wish I Knew: 5 Things To Know When Writing Diverse Characters by Dahlia Adler”

6 Tips To Hook A Reader on Page One

I’ve read thousands of “page ones.” Very often I don’t read page two. Sometimes all I read is that first page and I make judgements based on what I see there. As an agent and a reader my practice is that if I’m not connecting with the material I move on–and quickly. I wish I hadContinue reading “6 Tips To Hook A Reader on Page One”

Perfect Characters as Default: Why this is problematic

The number of pitches, synopses or opening lines I’ve seen like this is outstanding: [Your character’s] life was simple, quiet and perfect…until it wasn’t. I’m being dramatic, but perfection as a default is firstly boring, and secondly I want to know where the humanity is, not the godliness. Think about these tips instead: I assume thatContinue reading “Perfect Characters as Default: Why this is problematic”

What novelists can learn from Serial Podcast

Anyone else get into the Serial podcast these past few months? True crime, compelling storytelling, angle by angle each week–I was hooked! Serial is the most popular podcast in the history of the format, 5 million downloads and streams. So what makes it so powerful? Let’s unpack it. So what can novelists learn from the powerContinue reading “What novelists can learn from Serial Podcast”