DON’T JUDGE ME…JUDGE YOUR CHARACTER

HOW TO MAKE BELIEVABLE CHARACTERS

Making a believable character whom we can all route for is tough. Yet, I was able to find a great example of how to draw the reader in with this video clip of Katy Perry’s “Roar”. Remember, you promised not to judge. Continue reading

DON’T SAY WHAT YOU MEAN TO SAY

USING DIALOGUE TO CRANK UP TENSION

“Straight-forward dialogue can be a bit…eh…how should I say…. Well, I’d rather keep my opinion to myself.”

Here’s an example of a character backing off from a comment where the meaning is implied. These kinds of lines gave a novel a lot of body and create tension when tension is hard to find, especially if you have a man and a woman drinking wine at a romantic dinner date in the woman’s apartment. Continue reading

SHOTS FIRED EQUALS COLD BODIES

MY 4 STAR REVIEW OF ONE IN THE CHAMBER

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So I’m one of those guys who loves a kick-butt female lead. This book did not disappoint. I got the chance to take a gander and wow was I surprised.

One in the Chamber has it all.
Interesting characters.
Interesting plot.
Interesting plot twists.
Witty humor.

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Guest Post #3 – William Stadler ‘Stadler Style’

Here’s a guest post I did some time ago. It may be of interest to new writers.

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Day 3 of our Guest Post Week has arrived – I hope you have enjoyed the series so far. Today we have William Stadler from Stadler Style and I’m so excited that he agreed to be interviewed. I have followed his blog from the very beginning and I have a habit of printing out his ‘Tip’ posts to refer to – he publishes the best tip posts! New or established writers please heed my call…..Visit his blog! It will not disappoint!

Ok, so here is the interview. Enjoy 🙂

1/ What Inspired You To Write Your Current WIP/Published Work?

This is such an interesting question. I’ve always enjoyed writing. I can remember back in second grade whenever we’d have writing assignments, and the teacher would give us six or seven lines to fill in. I’d use those seven lines, and then I’d turn the sheet over and fill up half…

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NO MEANS NO…SOMETIMES

HOW TO USE “NO” TO YOUR ADVANTAGE

“No” is a powerful word. It has two meanings – both yes and no. If someone offers you a slither of your favorite cake (mine is red velvet – homemade, not out of a box), and you say no because you’re trying to watch your figure, chances are, what you really mean is “Yes, I’d love to have a piece of cake. Glad you asked.” But, there’s something in you that answers for you, namely your waistline that threatens to bulge if you dare even dream of having even one bite. Continue reading

PLOT PUNCHING BAG

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

PANDORA FOR BOOKS

HOW TO FIND GREAT BOOKS

If you’re a book lover like me, then you’re probably in the hunt for the next big thing – the next book that you can read and really think, “Wow…that was exactly what I needed.” In fact, just recently I was thinking that I could really spend days entrenched in books and reading and writing – not a good practice, but hey, who says introverts can’t have fun too?

Recently, I came across a site called The Fussy Librarian. Continue reading

DRAW…ERRR…WRITE, I MEAN

HOW TO WRITE FROM THE HIP

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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

IT’S ALL PART OF THE PLAANNN

HOW TO WRITE WITH A PLAN

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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.

PLANNING

I chose to plan the entire second book of the The Pioneers.

And here’s what I did. Continue reading