It’s easy to rely on stock personalities for background characters. They're in the background, after all. Who's going to notice that Guard #5 is the same guard from every other piece of media ever? But if you throw in at least one personality trait that contrasts with what readers expect, you can bring these bit-part … Continue reading A Writer’s Guide to Background Characters
Okay. This post is going to be less about How To and How Not To and more about what a Strong Female Character is, and what a Strong Female Character is not. "But Mara," you might be saying, "obviously a strong female character is a female character who is strong. It's all there in the … Continue reading A Writer’s Guide to Strong Female Characters
Wardbreaker is officially available for purchase on Amazon! Do you like ebooks? Great! Do you prefer print copies you can hold in your hand? Even better! Both are available now! Click here for the ebook Click here for the print book Go buy it, leave a review once you've read it, and let's all be … Continue reading Today’s the Day!
Today, I’m going to talk about Plotting and Pantsing. Let's start with some definitions, because these words are rather weird, if you don't recognize them. Plotters: Plotters are the writers who prefer to plan their novels ahead of time. Pantsers: Pantsers are the writers who would rather not. They "write by the seat of … Continue reading A Writer’s Guide to Plotting and Pantsing
"Hi my name is Ebony Dark’ness Dementia Raven Way and I have long ebony black hair..." You may begin screaming, now. Okay--in all seriousness--I should start explaining. Mary Sues, or 'Sues,' as I lovingly refer to them, are idealized characters (of either gender) who exist at the center of their narrative universe. Everything that happens in … Continue reading A Writer’s Guide to Sue-Spotting
This is one of my personal pet peeves. Seriously, this single thing--whether your character is active or passive--can make the difference between a weak premise that I put down after three chapters, and a strong, amazing story that I want to hug after I finish reading. Allow me to clarify: Active Heroes: These are the … Continue reading Heroes: Active, Passive, and Reluctant
"Show, don't tell." We've all heard it. It's in almost every writing book, and I've heard some variant from just about every writing teacher I've ever had. Everyone says it, and it's featured in just about every list of writing advice ever, so let's stop and talk about what it actually means. Showing: Provides information … Continue reading Showing and Telling