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Dear Aspiring Writer,
This is a collection of links from my blog that could aid you in the process of writing your first novel. If you're looking for specific help on certain scenes or characters, check out the lists on my Writing About page.
For help on publishing and marketing, please see my Publishing 101 page.
Bring Characters to Life You will find a neat little project that you can do, as well as reminders of things you will have to consider while creating your characters.
Characters Make a Book When you’re creating your characters, especially your main character, you will have to think beyond their appearances. This blog will help you to create three-dimensional characters.
Protagonist VS. Antagonist The tips in this post will help you to develop a protagonist that your readers can root for and an antagonist that your readers can despise.
More on Character Development This post talks about the evolution of characters and where they come from.
How to Trick Your Readers provides 6 tips on how to make your hero/heroines appear bad, and 6 tips on how to make your antagonist appear good.
How to Create Heroines of Steel provides a list of things to consider to help you make a fierce heroine.
Body Language - Character ER explains how to use body language to heighten the emotional impact and make a character real.
Tattoos, Birth Marks and Scars - Character ER is about how these flaws (or art) can enhance a character's appearance and attribute to their personality.
Diet and Food - Character ER is about including your character's diet.
Let Your Characters Get Mad! - Character ER is about the importance of showing intense emotion and provides a few things to remember when it comes to anger.
Is Your Character Naked? - Character ER is about why describing clothes every once in a while is a good thing to do.
Flaws, Fear, and Weakness - Character ER is about getting to know our characters inside and out.
Allergies and Health Issues - Character ER is about connecting with real people and common issues we all face with out health.
Habits and Quirks - Character ER is about giving your characters habits and quirks to make them memorable.
Your Character's Pain - Character ER is about giving your characters pain, whether mental, physical, or emotional. Pain makes them real and relatable.
Hobbies - Character ER talked about the important of giving your characters a hobby.
Your Character's Occupation - Character ER provides lists of jobs for you to consider for your characters.
How to . . . with Tips:
Elements of a Novel:
Get Ready, Set, TONE! is about creating a successful setting and tone for the story you are writing. This post was a lot of fun for me to write because I got to write a short little teaser to illustrate how to use setting and tone to make a story stand out.
Creating Mood In the beginning of this post, I included a special sneak peek into the first book of my series. I also talk about “A Child Called It” by Dave Pelzer, an excellent example of mood.
Write With Gaga is about writing style. What is writing style? How can you create one? This post answers both those questions.
Unnecessary Writing Avoid writing what readers skip.
Writing Good Prose How can you write good prose? This post will tell you!
Show AND Tell is about the importance of balancing showing and telling.
Use the Sixth Sense on top of the other five senses.
Stages of a Novel:
Publishing + Marketing: