Tag Archives: characters

Don’t Let Writing Rules Stifle Your Creativity

Learning the rules can help you know when, where, and how to break them in the most creative way possible.



Sparking Emotions in Your Readers

Evoking an emotional response to your writing in your readers is always the aim of an author. Here are some tips on how to do that from my friend Kathleen Freeman.



Emotion vs. Feeling: How to Evoke More From Readers

All the stress and conflict you put into your stories to make them exciting and heartwarming only work if you actually evoke those emotions in your reader. Here are some key pieces of advice on how to make all that work.




One Way to Simultaneously Create Conflict and Suspense

Conflict and suspense are the key elements that no story can exist without. KM Weiland shares one way to create both at the same time.



6 Ways To Experiment In Short Stories

Writing short stories is a great way to build and flex your writing muscles. The short format also allows for experimentation in ways that longer forms do not.



First Drafts: 5 Things That are OK and 1 That’s Not

First drafts are notoriously messy things. That’s really okay but let’s look a little closer at some things about it that are okay, and one thing that is not.



4 Ways to Write Backstory That Matters

Backstory is one of those things that you really have to be careful with. You are in love with your characters and want your readers to love them just as much, But, how much is too much—or—too little?



The existential dilemma of whether or not to follow your characters wherever they might lead.

The old saying about the inmates running the asylum may be true in some instances where your characters have led you into places that make no sense and have nothing to do with the plot you sat down to write, but … they can also take you places you had not dared to go before and your writing ascends to a new level. Let the battle between plotters and pantsers continue. There is room for both in the wild and wacky world of writing.


The existential dilemma of whether or not to follow your characters wherever they might lead.