Creating Unforgettable Characters, Part 1

How to create unforgettable characters like Scarlett O'Hara and Rhett Butler.Without unforgettable characters in a story, do you lose interest? I do. But how do you create these characters?

Today begins a series on that topic.

Let’s get real, whether we do it consciously or unconsciously, we want to connect with story characters. We want to discover something about them that we share–their life goals, ethnicity, age, life experience, etc.

This shared connection draws us into the story and helps us care about what happens to the characters.

To Create Unforgettable Characters Give Them Depth

Humans are three dimensional beings—spirit, soul, and body. But we often fail to show all three dimensions in our story.

So, let’s start by analyzing your fiction work in progress (WIP). [Read more…]

A Checklist of 10 Basic Steps for Self-Editing Fiction

self-editing, red-lined edit of printed pageIf there’s one thing in the writing community that seems to cause overwhelm and confusion, it’s self-editing one’s manuscript.

Many new writers have the false belief that the first draft of their story is supposed to be publication ready, clean of errors and a gripping read—a home run, a slam dunk, a touchdown (plenty of sports analogies for you to pick).

Let me squash that belief right now.


Like a bug.

Your draft is just that, a draft, the first writing of your story with your inner editor turned off. Some people call it [Read more…]

Your Hero’s Story Goal and the Problems in Obtaining It

lion in midst of antelope creates a story goal for the lionEarlier this year I looked at 4 important elements in fiction writing. Here’s a quick review:

  1. What does the hero want? (This is the story goal.)
  2. Who or what is opposing the hero getting what she wants?
  3. What will the hero’s life look like if she does (or does not) get what she wants?
  4. Who is the guide who helps our hero get what she wants?

Today, I want to dive deeper into the hero’s story goal. [Read more…]

8 Simple and Creative Blog Post Ideas for Fiction Authors

book cover Blogging for Authors by Rebecca LivermorePlease welcome bestselling author and blogger Rebecca Livermore to the blog today.

8 Simple and Creative Blog Post Ideas for Fiction Authors

As the author of Blogging for Authors, it should come as no surprise that I’m a fan of blogging. I see blogging as a great way for authors to build their platform. However, this is easier said than done, particularly for fiction authors. Some of the difficulty is due to the challenging nature of coming up with blog post ideas. Sure, nonfiction authors have an abundance of things to blog about, but coming up with blog post ideas for fiction authors is a bit more challenging.

If you’re a fiction author and you’ve ever struggled with knowing what to blog about, keep reading to discover eight blog post ideas for fiction authors.

[Read more…]

The Major Plot Events of a Novel and When They Occur

building blocks, an analogy of plot eventsThis month’s last post on plotting concerns the major plot events, or building blocks, of your story.

Most writers understand all fiction has a climatic scene, aka the climax. They also know it occurs very near the end of the story.

However, many writers miss several other plot events essential to their story. [Read more…]

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