• Fiction,  The Writing Life,  Writing,  writing tips

    Those Elusive Characters

    “When writing a novel a writer should create living people; people not characters. A character is a caricature.” Ernest Hemmingway If I had known how much fun it was going to be to write a rom-com with teens travelling across the country by train, I would have done this years ago. What a blast! But… as I was writing merrily along, I found I was running into more questions than I had answers. They were planning to stay in Quebec City overnight, which, the more I delved into the “situation” the more unrealistic the whole thing seemed, at least for a teen novel. It felt too “adult.” And, was the…

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    HOW TO WRITE A NOVEL: Step by Step

    Getting Your Character Out of the Room “I do believe that characters in novels belong to their writers and their readers pretty equally. I’ve learned a lot of things about the characters I write from people who read about them. Readers expand them in ways I don’t think of and take them to places I can’t go.“ Anne Brashares How do I get my character out of the room?” This is the dilema that caught me completely off-guard and threw me into a bout of writer’s block when I first began to write my novel. The situation is not nearly as scary if you have a few scenes already crafted, but still,…

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    IT’S A MYSTERY

    “No, I would not want to live in a world without dragons, as I would not want to live in a world without magic, for that is a world without mystery, and that is a world without faith.” R.A.Salvatore Streams of Silver Today’s Prompt: Write about… From Tuesday to Friday, I will post an inspirational quote and a writing prompt, in case you’re stuck. Each Monday, there will be a new post about How To Write a Novel: Step By Step. I hope you’ll join me. Until then…

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    To Outline or Not to Outline

    How to Write a Novel: Step by Step Plotting your entire novel is an enormous undertaking. A lot of percolating about your story has gone on before you are ready to take on such a mammoth task. Or, you may decide that outlining is not for you. Let’s look at the options. In the writing world, much controversy surrounds the plotter versus the pantser approach to writing a novel. Plotters are those writers who love to have every plot point, well, plotted, the narrative arc firmly charted, and the scenes organized. Plotter style Plotters are those writers who love to have every plot point, well, plotted, the narrative arc firmly…