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.
Here’s a fascinating interview with Jane Yolen. She discusses, among other things, folklore and “fakelore.” If you’re curious about the difference, click on the link. As writers, whether knowingly or not, we churn up the story material of previous generations, and the study of traditional stories is a very good idea.
Here’s a great blog that addresses the knottiest problems for writers. This post is the first in a series of four about structuring a novel. Together, they comprise a class in writing a solid piece of fiction that will be fun to read and generate sales. These articles are about storytelling. When you have time, read them, and follow Kristen Lamb’s blog. It’s an act of generosity.
If you are a fiction writer and you aren’t familiar with the work of Donald Maass, I am happy to introduce you with this great article about storytelling. It could move your current novel from good to spellbinding!