Find out how to choose perfect names for your characters with this great post. Click on the link below.
Make your character commit to action. Read why this is important and how to do it in Kristen Lamb’s blog.
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.
Use real life to inspire your stories. Here’s a great post about how to do that.
The heart of a great story is a great character. A rose may be a rose may be a rose, but a character’s name is very important. Consider how much Harry’s name tells us about young Potter. Here’s a handy guide for naming characters.
I’m putting together materials for our local SCBWI group’s April Revision Workshop. One of my favorite revision gurus is Cheryl Klein. If you don’t already have it, pick up a copy of Second Sight: An Editor’s Talks on Writing, Revising, & Publishing Books for Children and Young Adults. Until it arrives, or even if you already have it, download this helpful plot checklist. The site even has a Word template!
I am sharing this here because I want to be able to find it again myself. It is a great chart of facinating flaws for story people.
Voice is crucial in novels, but many people don’t realize that it is just as important in picture books. Here is a great introduction to voice. The rest of the blog is great too.
Check out a collection of terrific free downloads to help you write your book, whether or not you are participating in NaNoWriMo, you will find some treasures here.