Choosing Viewpoint Characters: What’s Right for Your Story?

Choosing Viewpoint Characters: What’s Right for Your Story?

Sometimes, it’s obvious who the viewpoint character(s) will be for a particular story. Maybe you’re writing a first-person romance novella, for instance, with the heroine as the only viewpoint character. Often, though, there isn’t a completely clear-cut choice. You...
How to Write Character Descriptions That Work [With Examples]

How to Write Character Descriptions That Work [With Examples]

If you’re writing fiction, at some point, you’ll probably want to describe the people populating your story. (This isn’t absolutely essential, mind. I’ve just written a short story that consists entirely of dialogue – no dialogue tags, no action beats, nothing – and...
Take the Plunge: How to (Finally) Start Your Novel

Take the Plunge: How to (Finally) Start Your Novel

Image from sxc.hu by tatlin. You want to write a novel. It’s been your New Year’s resolution more times than you want to admit. And you might well have been day-dreaming about it or scribbling notes about it for months or years. But you’ve never quite started the...
Let’s Get Spooky: Writing Workshop Recap

Let’s Get Spooky: Writing Workshop Recap

I’ve not been to nearly as many workshops and classes this year, due to a certain little person taking up a lot of my time… But my friend and fellow writer and blogger Lorna Fergusson of fictionfire runs inspiring Saturday afternoon “Focus Writing Workshops”...
How to Finish Your Novel (While Life Goes On)

How to Finish Your Novel (While Life Goes On)

Maybe you’ve been working on your novel for months, or even years. (Or maybe you’ve not started yet, because you’re waiting for a chunk of free time to come along.) Life is busy. You’d love to have all day, every day, to write, but of course you don’t. You have a day...