The most important character in your story is the villain. If you find that your story is lacking something, you probably don’t have to look any further than the opposition. If your hero doesn’t have much to overcome, he can’t be much of a hero. The greater the evil he faces, the greater your protagonist will be. Even in stories of man against nature, it can’t just be any storm, it has to be the Perfect Storm. See what I mean? Click below for some great ways to make your opposition more effective–and more original.
If you have checked market guidelines lately, you know picture book manuscripts are shorter than ever. Read the post below to find out why.
Find out how to choose perfect names for your characters with this great post. Click on the link below.
Here are some thoughts on dreams and writing from Margaret Atwood. Click on the link below.
About main characters. Screenwriters know about story structure. It is a good idea to listen to them about this. Of course, there are always exceptions, but if you think your book has more than one main character, this post is worth reading.
If you think about your favorite stories. you will probably notice that the hero or heroine has friends. Where would Don Quixote have been without Sancho Panza, or Dorothy without her three adorable companions? Here’s a great article about sidekicks .
Here, on Kristen Lamb’s amazing blog for writers, is part three in a series on improving your dialogue skills. Check it out!
Here’s a fascinating little blog post. It was written for new parents, but it’s great for writers, too! Make sure your character’s name says something about him (or her).
I’m getting ready to guide a novel revision group. Beginnings and endings hold keys to the tone, character, setting, and, most important, the emotional impact of a story. Here’s a fascinating collection of great endings.