“As for ‘Write what you know,’ I was regularly told this as a beginner. I think it’s a very good rule and have always obeyed it. I write about imaginary countries, alien societies on other planets, dragons, wizards, the Napa Valley in 22002. I know these things. I know them better than anybody else possibly … More

Five Ways to Describe Emotions Without Making Your Character Feel Too Self Aware

Jennifer Tanner and Janice Hardy from Romance University, have some interesting insight about how to describe emotions in a character without them becoming too self aware. Emotions are critical to making a character feel real, but describing them from afar can sometimes leave a reader feeling a little disconnected from that character. The descriptions don’t … More Five Ways to Describe Emotions Without Making Your Character Feel Too Self Aware

How to Figure Out WHAT Your Character’s Arc Should Be

Alright so all this character building and you still don’t know your characters arc? Well then, The Writers Society has more advice to spare on the topic! Over the past weeks, you might have gotten a pretty good idea of how to structure your character’s arc–whether it’s positive, flat, or negative. But what you may … More How to Figure Out WHAT Your Character’s Arc Should Be

Character Arcs

Character Arcs was originally two seperate posts written by the writers society. However I decided to smush them together to one big MEGAPOST about Character Arcs. I think this advice is crucial if you’re wanting to know more about your own characters and how to write them. Previously, I posted How to Figure Out WHAT … More Character Arcs

How To Write Backstory Without Putting Your Reader To Sleep

Another helpful article by the writers society! Backstory, or a character’s past, is often necessary to explain a character’s motivations. It can add insight on personality or create reader sympathy. However, you should try not to present it in the first chapter. When opening a novel, your reader cares more about what’s going on right … More How To Write Backstory Without Putting Your Reader To Sleep