Here’s a guest post I did some time ago. It may be of interest to new writers.
Originally posted on Poeta Officium:
Ok, so here is the interview. Enjoy
HOW TO MAKE SURE YOUR CHARACTER IS PROACTIVE
Oftentimes new writers gather all the tools they need for their WIPs: pen, laptop, plot-writing books, character development blogs, villain sketches – you know how it goes. With all of these elements, there’s still one thing that’s missing, something that can hurt your novel and you won’t even know it until the reviews start pouring in. Continue reading →
HOW TO USE SETTING TO AID YOUR STORY
Figuring out where a character is in relation to his setting is, in my opinion, one of the most important elements to a story. I would even say that it’s the number one element of story-writing in terms of importance.
I know that’s a lofty statement, especially when there’s character development, plot, style, grammar, blah blah blah. But, if a character cannot be grounded within a narrative, the story will not survive. Continue reading →
HOW TO WRITE FROM THE HIP
Writing from the hip can be cumbersome to some, but freeing to others, like me. The previous post was about writing with a plan from start to finish. I’ve tried writing with a plan, and I find that the craft itself becomes more of a burden than a pleasure.
A lot of times, I have ideas in my head, and I have to see which direction they lead me before I can truly be committed to the ideas themselves. In order for me to see the direction, I have to let it flow, which ultimately means that I am usually one step ahead of my pen. Continue reading →
HOW TO WRITE WITH A PLAN
When creating a writing process that works for you, you have two choices (generally speaking): you can plan your work from start to finish, or you can write from the hip. I believe that both processes are valid, and I’ll tell you about my experience with each.
I chose to plan the entire second book of the The Pioneers.
And here’s what I did. Continue reading →
HOW TO SET YOUR PACE
Creating a writing process can be tough. It really can be. In my previous post I talked about the ways that ideas come to me and how those ideas get chopped into the meat grinder and put on the page.
There were some great comments about how to generate ideas, so you should take a moment to review both the post and the comments as well.
But this time I wanted to move a little further Continue reading →
HOW TO DEVELOP A WRITING PROCESS
One of the most frequent questions I get asked is how I come up with my ideas. I hadn’t thought about it much because usually they just come and then my pen responds in kind. But that doesn’t help the novice writer out too much.
In fact, I often find myself wondering the same thing about the greats: Robin Cook, Stephen King, and the JD Rob types (whom I haven’t read much of but I do respect). I mention these few because they come out with different types of books — not just selling one mega story such as Game of Thrones or Harry Potter. It’s much simpler to continue a story that has begun, but more difficult to create fresh characters and a fresh new plotline that people still want to read. Continue reading →