Create unique character voices by varying how they communicate with other characters.
I’m one of those writers who needs to put my characters through a first draft before I figure out who they really are. Tossing them into trouble and watching how they wrangle their way out of it helps me get to know them.… Read the post
I’ve always been drawn to writing science fiction and fantasy, which means that I’ve written a lot of first drafts based on “cool ideas” but no real conflict. Sure, I had a sense of what the problems were, and maybe even a few key scenes unfolding in my mind, but the books were about the idea, not characters with specific problems. … Read the post
I work with a lot of new
writers, and a common frustration I see is getting tangled up in the details of
the story and being unable to see the larger problem. These writers have a
general sense of what they want their novels to be about, but they keep
focusing on the specifics of individual scenes and not the bigger picture.… Read the post