Photo by Aubrey Rose Odom on Unsplash So i'm in the midst of writing a new novel, and reader, I got stuck. I got stuck so bad that I had to go crying to my agent, Caitlin McDonald, who got back to me with the solution. And I realized something - just about every time… Continue reading Stuck: the three narrative mistakes that plunge me into writer’s block
The day after I wrote my Ten Questions for Characters post I had a discord conversation about a question asked in the #writerspatch twitter chat on Sunday, Jan 13: "Does relatability to the reader make a character more believable?" And sure, the answer is obviously yes. But where's the rest of the owl? How do… Continue reading What Makes a Hyper-competent Character Relatable?
Some people have long and detailed lists of questions they answer for their characters, right down to what they carry around in their pockets. Others simply have characters appear to them, fully formed, ready to live the story from the beginning. I think I have a little bit of the latter, in that characters just… Continue reading Ten Questions I Ask New Characters – And Why I’m Asking