Why Setting Matters More Than Characters in Many Novels

I remember being asked the same the same question two times in my life. What are the words that you use to define yourself? EX: Mother, Father, Writer, Reader, Explorer. After making a long list choose three. For a character, three character traits might define them but you see the same traits repeated over andContinue reading “Why Setting Matters More Than Characters in Many Novels”

Dissecting Query Letters That Get Your Manuscript Read!

I’ve been very fortunate to receive three custom responses from publishers on my first manuscript World War Marlow. So today I wanted to share the structure and ideas behind how I broke mine down. I’ll be writing this mostly for people who were in my shoes last year- having only the base knowledge of whatContinue reading “Dissecting Query Letters That Get Your Manuscript Read!”

The One Thing All Writers Forget About When Creating Characters and Plots

What’s the difference between a page turner and a book you never finish? Well aside from the way it’s written and what the book is about, there’s one major difference you’ve probably never noticed. Does the character interact with the plot or do they shape it? I’m willing to argue that this one wording differenceContinue reading “The One Thing All Writers Forget About When Creating Characters and Plots”

What Makes a Hero and Why Is It So Hard to Write One?

This article is written off of an idea presented in The Art of Subtext by Charles Baxter page 115. Please enjoy. Why do writers find it so hard to write certain conflicts? Have you ever known what scene needs to be written next but just can’t seem to write it? Or maybe you have aContinue reading “What Makes a Hero and Why Is It So Hard to Write One?”

How to Write Transgender Characters (4 questions to ask yourself)

Writing transgender characters is the same as writing normal characters just with a few extra thinking points. 1. How far along in the transition is this person? You might think that having your character come out to their parents, get kicked out of the house and then pass enough to be taken in by someoneContinue reading “How to Write Transgender Characters (4 questions to ask yourself)”