Unpacking the “Character-Driven” Story—How to Make Your Story Sizzle — Kristen Lamb’s Blog

Today we are going to shift gears back to craft. Last week we talked about the single largest problem with most first-time novels. There must be a singular core story problem that is resolved in Act Three. All good stories must have an overall goal. Now, this of course doesn’t mean there are not a lot … Continue reading Unpacking the “Character-Driven” Story—How to Make Your Story Sizzle — Kristen Lamb’s Blog

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Let’s talk about Narrative Point of View! — Julianne Q Johnson

There’s much confusion about the different styles of Point of View (POV) in novels, and exactly what each of them mean. I’ve just read a plethora of comments on the subject, and some clarity is desperately needed. Here I am, intrepid reader, to explain it as best I can. I’m not a POV expert, I … Continue reading Let’s talk about Narrative Point of View! — Julianne Q Johnson

Conflict is More Important than Character — Steven Capps

  I know that this is an unpopular opinion. Truthfully, there are countless people who are smarter and more successful than I am, who believe the exact opposite. Up until a few days ago, I believed that of all the elements of a story the concept of character was, by far, the most integral element … Continue reading Conflict is More Important than Character — Steven Capps

How to Make Boring Story Parts Exciting — Kristen Lamb’s Blog

Image by DonkeyHotey/Flickr CC This is another guest post by blogger and copywriter Alex Limberg. If you have followed my blog in the last couple of months, you have probably come across him, namely because the Stockholm’s Syndrome sets in faster when you drug the candy . Once again, I’m going to gently nudge you … Continue reading How to Make Boring Story Parts Exciting — Kristen Lamb’s Blog

Mystery Mondays: J.P McLean On Writing Deeper Dialogue — writerchristophfischer

Mystery Mondays: J.P McLean On Writing Deeper Dialogue This was posted on NOVEMBER 29, 2016 by KRISTINA STANLEY J.P. (Jo-Anne) McLean is the author of The Gift Legacy series, Awakening, Revelation, Redemption, Penance and, Betrayal. Reviewers call the series addictive, smart and fun. Within those pages, a young protagonist, Emelynn Taylor, tests the theory that what doesn’t break you … Continue reading Mystery Mondays: J.P McLean On Writing Deeper Dialogue — writerchristophfischer

Writing Dialogue: Exercises — Quintessential Editor

The best explanation of dialogue I’ve heard, and I’m paraphrasing here, is that dialogue is an extension of action (Howard Lawson, Theory and Technique of Playwriting).  What Lawson is driving at is that speech in fiction, for it to be effective, intensifies character action, motivation, and emotion. With that being said, most people will agree … Continue reading Writing Dialogue: Exercises — Quintessential Editor

He said, she said… Writing dialogue. — Meg Sorick, Writer

In this post, I decided to cover a grammar topic that I had to brush up on when I began this writing journey. The stories I write tend to be filled with conversation and there are rules to follow closely and rules you can break with impunity. That’s the interesting thing about writing dialogue; it’s the … Continue reading He said, she said… Writing dialogue. — Meg Sorick, Writer