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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Language Versus Tone – Conveying Your Message and Brand on Social Media

December 17, 2014 by Carrie De Simas

Language is what you say. Tone is how you say it. The two together is communication.  When you’re standing in front of someone, they listen to the words you are saying, hear your tone, and observe your body language. These three work together to create a complete understanding of the

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