Hate Plotting? No problem. Use Plot as a Character. Plotting for the Non-Plotter

December 3, 2014 by Carrie De Simas

What is plot? By basic definition, plot is the series of events that occur within a book.   Plot: A tale of grocery shopping. The drive, the shopping, the return home. Bestseller? Hardly. A better way to view plot is to envision plot as a character who has a hate-on

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The Strengths of Villainy – Making Fictional Villains Come Alive

September 24, 2014 by Karyn Connor

Villains are some of the most fascinating characters to write. At least, when they’re done right. The two-dimensional villain who runs around the book doing bad things for bad reasons because he’s just plain bad…well, that’s not only boring, but also becomes predictable.  The best villains are those characters who—deep

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How To Properly Use Setting in a Novel

September 10, 2014 by Carrie De Simas

Focus your character’s awareness of the setting through the sharp point-of-view (POV) of their emotional, psychological and social backgrounds. What they see and notice (aka what they/you as the author share with us) has to mean something.  For example, a man I once dated took me to meet his best

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Submissions to a Publisher – Know and Understand Your Target Audience

January 28, 2015 by Zara Abbott

Recently I was babysitting my nephew who is less than a year old. It was his bedtime, so I fed him his milk, burped him and put him into his crib. His parents are keen communicators and he is already showing the same inclination.  Once he lay down in the

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