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Audiobook Review: How to Write a Novel Using the Snowflake Method

Audiobook Review: How to Write a Novel Using the Snowflake Method

I’m here this week with a different kind of audiobook review. This time, it’s for a craft book. While, I believe there are quite a few good writing craft books, if you’re going to listen to one, How to Write a Novel Using the Snowflake Method is the one to choose. I think this for multiple […]

Creating Memorable Characters Part Eight: Character

Creating Memorable Characters Part Eight: Character

This is the final segment in my Creating Memorable Characters series. The topics we’ve covered so far are: Relatability, Uniqueness, Physical Traits, Tics and Mannerisms, Dialogue, and Backstory, and Choices. Today, we wrap it up with Part Eight: Character Ultimately, the thing that makes a character memorable is his or her character. His character is […]

Creating Memorable Characters Part Seven: Choices

Creating Memorable Characters Part Seven: Choices

I’m continuing my series on Creating Memorable Characters. So far, we’ve covered Relatability, Uniqueness, Physical Traits, Tics and Mannerisms, Dialogue, and Backstory. This segment is where it all comes together. Part Seven: Choices All of the elements of creating a character, from physical attributes to social interactions to backstory, contribute to the choices your character […]

Creating Memorable Characters Part Six: Backstory

Creating Memorable Characters Part Six: Backstory

Continuing my series on Creating Memorable Characters. So far, we’ve covered Relatability, Uniqueness, Physical Traits, Tics and Mannerisms, and Dialogue. These aspects of character development are all very superficial. They are the things that make a character stand out and come alive on the page. They are the things that make the character seem like […]

Creating Memorable Characters Part Four: Tics and Mannerisms

Creating Memorable Characters Part Four: Tics and Mannerisms

Continuing my series on creating memorable characters. So far we’ve covered relatability, uniqueness, and physical traits. Now, on to Part Four: Tics and Mannerisms This is often very similar to physical traits, and there is plenty of room for overlap, but there are also distinctions. One way that a mannerism might overlap with a physical […]

Creating Memorable Characters Part Three: Physical Traits

Creating Memorable Characters Part Three: Physical Traits

I’m continuing my series on creating memorable characters. In Part One we discussed relatability. In Part Two we covered uniqueness. Without further ado, I give you Part Three: Physical Traits We’ve all heard the phrase “don’t judge a book by its cover,” which is good advice for nearly everything except books, and yet most of […]

Creating Memorable Characters Part Two: Uniqueness

Creating Memorable Characters Part Two: Uniqueness

A few weeks ago I started a new series on Creating Memorable Characters. In Part One, I talked about giving your character a flaw of some sort to make him or her relatable. Not only must your character be relatable, he or she must be unique. Just as no two people are exactly alike, no […]

The Art and Science of Writing

The Art and Science of Writing

We’ve probably all heard that writing is both an art and a science. Like many endeavors, particularly artistic ones, that is true. But how does that play out in actually trying to write a good story? If you break down those two elements, art and science, it helps to explain the why and the how. […]