How do you describe your characters?
Here’s an amazing writing trick:
Go to the mirror, write what you see, and…
…never, ever do that again.
Because describing your characters with a checklist is BORING:
- Her eyes were brown
- And her hair was brown
- Even her teeth were brown
- She really should brush more often
If you want to describe the physical appearance of your characters, go see how J. K. Rowling does it.
Otherwise, keep reading. I’ll show you how to make your characters come to life…
…without writing dull, immersion-breaking, “this is how they look” paragraphs:
Continue reading 5 Ways to Describe Your Character (Without Actually Describing Them)
In this age of extreme opinions, it’s hard to write diverse characters…
…which means you should write them anyway.
We live in an age where the most dramatic opinion always gets attention:
- Extreme social justice movements on one side
- And horrendously disrespectful ideologies growing (should I say mutating?) on the other
Right now, writing about other cultures and backgrounds feels like a minefield.
Should you write characters from outside your own background or culture?
…and how do you do it?
In this article, I’ll give you a few guidelines to navigate through the minefield.
These guidelines will enable you to respectfully portray “other” characters – without making them plain, boring, or predictable. Continue reading How Can You Write Diverse Characters (without Stereotyping)?
Only an an unstoppable killing writing machine will find success from NaNoWriMo.
You need to obsess.
You need laser focus.
But most of all, you need a secret weapon…
This post will replace your normal, boring human feet and replace them with a set of iron clompers.
With these, you will stomp all over NaNoWriMo like it’s made of bubblewrap and empty eggshells:
Continue reading The 5 Keys to Succeed (and Stomp All Over) NaNoWriMo
The most Novembery of all months is bearing down on us, and soon everyone around the world will be getting to work on novels they’ve been putting off for far too long. Authors will be completing first drafts of novels in November, because who wants to go outside in **the weather**?
Wait. Novel first drafts in a month? How is that possible? That’s like, 5000 words a day, without deleting anything.
If you had asked me 6 months ago, I would have said “That’s impossible.” But I’ve been working up there (I think I’m at around 2000 words on a good day), and if you asked me a few hours ago, I’d say “That’s improbable. Only full-time writers can even get close to that.”
Continue reading 10,000 Words a DAY?! (or How to Use Science to Write More, Better)