Wednesday, June 22, 2011
We all want to know what other writers have done that will make our attempts to put those words on the paper with a little more ease. These are just a few more tips to help you get there.
Create Compelling Characters
C.Patrick Schulze, author of Born To Be Brothers
1) . Create protagonists and antagonists from the inside out.
2) Use setting to reveal characters physically, mentally and emotionally.
3) Prevent sagging middles by adding conflict, not just action.
4)Keep the reader hooked by creating a character with emotions, fears, prejudices with whom the reader can identify.
.Scene And Sequel--Put Emotion In The Right Place
John Foxjohn, author of Code of Deceit
A Scene has the following three-parts
A Sequel has the following three-part parts:
Don't have a reaction until you have a disaster. Your character would not have internal dialogue (reaction) before the disaster happened. You'll have the reader saying,"huh -- ?"
Stop Using Weak Or Passive Verbs
A journalist in one of my early critique groups told me to go through my novel and remove all passive verbs such as: was, were, has, are. Then go through and look for the "to be" phrases and words and replace them with action verbs. They add nothing to the sentence, and tell the reader not much more. Try to use body language, or dialogue cues to show instead of tell.
Cindy Davis says to watch your pronoun usage. If you have lots of he's and she's in a scene, try removing some. Visit her at (http://www.fiction-doctor.com/)
Don't Put In Too Much Backstory
The reader doesn't need to know immediately what happened before the story started. Too much backstory and the reader starts skipping over parts to get to the action or worse, never finishes the book.Tell backstory in dribbles throughout the novel but not every other sentence. That can slow a story down just as much as whole chunks or chapters of backstory.
Would you share any tips you've learned during your writing career? I’d love to hear them.