OUTLIERS: MEET THE CHARACTERS & TEASER QUOTES

Hey, everybody! Now that OUTLIERS is getting so close to its release, I figured it's time you get better introduced to the main characters! I'll be telling you a bit about the three, and including teaser quotes for each! Renee You guys already know Renee a bit from the Q & A! Renee is the protagonist in... Continue Reading →

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5 Tips For Writing the Past

Last week I talked about the future, so I figured that it's only natural to talk about the past this week. These are my five most important tips for writing the past, so let's get started! #1: Do Make The Speech Robotic I notice this a lot in historical fiction, and it really takes away from... Continue Reading →

Setting the Scene

Setting the scene is something many writers struggle with. Alas, it must be done. Characters can't just be running around in white space, right? Here are some tips to help you conquer scene-setting. Why Set the Scene? In order for readers to visualize your story, your characters need to clearly be somewhere. Your readers need to be... Continue Reading →

How to Write Realistic Friendships

Most good books will feature at least one friendship, if not a few, so it's important to learn how to write them well. Whether the friendship is your main plot or a sub-plot, it's important to make it believable. Your audience can't connect with your characters and relate to their friendship if it's completely unrealistic.... Continue Reading →

Writing Abilities & Magic

Superpowers can be a great addition to the adventure and thrill of your novel, but they need to be used correctly. There are lots of factors to consider when writing them, so let's jump right in! Role to Plot First, you need to know what role it's going to play in the plot of your... Continue Reading →

How To Emotionally Ruin Readers

Do you want to make your readers cry? Shout in frustration? Grin from ear to ear? You need to learn how to evoke emotion through your writing. These are some tips to help you evoke all kinds of emotions in your writing. Simple or Elaborate? "Write hard and clear about what hurts"-Ernest Hemingway. I couldn't... Continue Reading →

10 Common Cliches In Fiction

What is a cliché, anyway? When it comes to fiction, a cliché is something overused and betraying lack of originality, typically in the form of phrases, characterizations, and plot-points. These are ten common clichés I've noticed in fiction as a whole, but it's worth noting that Young Adult fiction tends to be especially guilty of... Continue Reading →

Character Creation & Development

Characters should be three dimensional for the most part. If they are significant at all, then you need to take the time to develop them into real people. There should be more to them than just stock personalities/groups. Sure, you could write the stereotypical 'jock' as your antagonist, with nothing more to them than being... Continue Reading →

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