Writing Real Life Authenticity: Where do you draw the line?

When can you write like ‘real life’ and when do you take the ‘real life’ out of books? I preach authenticity in writing fiction, but sometimes things that are too ‘real life’ are not right for books. Here’s what I mean: Teen speak.┬áTeens have a specific way of talking and interacting with each other, however… More Writing Real Life Authenticity: Where do you draw the line?

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