Writing Tip 15. Developing Strong Characters. Intention vs Reaction.

Whether a manuscript crosses an editor’s desk, or is loaded onto an e-reader, readers will read on if the author invents characters in which they’re invested. There are a lot of ways to do that—resonance, unique situations, careful plotting–but the clear path most often missed in the manuscripts I read, is “protagonist’s choice, not reaction.” […]

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Writing Tip 11. Choices, Choices.

I’ve read successful stories that skimped on the darkest hour and the showdown. I’ve enjoyed books that were slow to offer Act One’s promise. But, ask a reader to miss out on the enjoyment of Act 2 character-developing adventures? Never. Impossible choices. The hard and often impossible choices characters make in Act Two and throughout […]

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Writing Tip 8. Keep Goals Flying

“Every goal you write takes you a step closer to your grand and astonishing dreams.” –Thaddeus, The Writer’s Boon Companion. The Big Bright Goal The big goal is worth writing down right now, and even on a daily basis. For example: I am a best-selling fantasy author, publishing one or two novels a year, and […]

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