We’ve covered heroes and anti-heroes fairly thoroughly in the past couple of weeks, but we wouldn’t have any of the shades of heroes without having their counterpart: the villain. A well-written vi…
Biggest writing pet peeve ever!
I have not seen anybody use this word correctly in YEARS.
For the record:
Judges are disinterested (impartial)
People are uninterested (bored by)
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Grants Manager, Will Cox, talks about writing the pregnant first line, and why it’s so important.
Editor’s note: this is a guest post by Becca Puglisi of The Bookshelf Muse, a Top Ten Blog for Writers.
We all know that fiction isn’t truth. That’s half the reason we read it, to leave behind the real world for one that we know is someone else’s imaginative figment. But fictional worlds still need authenticity, and as everyone likes to say, the devil is in those details.
Research is the key to building believability, whether you’re writing a historical fiction epic set in the Black Plague or a contemporary YA with a ballerina as the star. Resources on effective research tips abound. We’ve all read about how to research using the Internet, and the importance of using primary sources when possible. So instead of covering old ground, I’d like to share some tools from my own bag to help with the research process and bring credibility to your story.
2. Interview “Unlikely” Experts
3. Start With A Good Book
4. When It Comes To Beta Readers, Throw Your Net Wide
5. Experience As Much As You Can Firsthand
For my June manuscripts, I was editing a potentially good story, but the writing makes it bad. I’m not talking about grammar technicalities; I’m talking about the author’s style. Obviously, she loves talking; and it reflects on her writing.
We preserve the author’s style as much as we can, but…
I’ve always been a big nerd. But for one shining moment, one GLORIOUS MOMENT, when I finished writing my book, OH BOY, YOU’RE HAVING A GIRL: A Dad’s Survival Guide to Raising Daughters, I felt like a complete and utter badass. Here’s why.
A few reasons you should feel good about yourself this weekend…and why you should strive to finish your novel.
I felt like adding a few:
- No one can write your novel like you can. Even if you’re sharing a similar idea with a popular novel, what you write IS YOURS. Don’t be discouraged when someone says your novel sounds like something else. They won’t be the same.
- A lot of writers never finish. You probably shouldn’t be encouraged by this fact, but you should feel good about finishing a book. It’s very hard to do and it’s extremely satisfying. Once you do, you’ll be able to encourage other authors to do so.
- You stayed on track and you accomplished something you promised yourself you would. That’s reason enough to celebrate.