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Archive for Tag: characters

Creating Heroes that Inspire Us

Posted on Nov 6, 2017 by   No Comments Yet | Posted in Workshops · Workshops-Upcoming

01/08/2018 – 02/04/2018 Creating Heroes that Inspire Us – Presenter: Pamela Jaye            You know how important it is for a character to have internal integrity – and how difficult that can sometimes be. Here’s a helpful system from classical myths, the five ArchePaths.           Warrior, Monk, Scientist, Magician, Lover – find and develop the best ArchePath for [Read more…]

My Top Five Tips for Planning Your Next Novel

Posted on Oct 19, 2017 by   No Comments Yet | Posted in Blog

by Elizabeth Menozzi Starting a new novel can be daunting. I like to avoid staring at a blank page, wondering what to write, as much as possible. This is why I always do at least a little bit of planning before I start writing. If, like me, you are preparing to participate in National Novel Writing [Read more…]

Best Advice Ever by Shannon Donnelly

Posted on Jun 23, 2016 by   2 Comments | Posted in Blog · Uncategorized

  Advice is one of those things that we all really need at times, but it’s not always welcome…or fun to get. It’s like that saying—the truth will set you free (but first it’s going to piss you off). That’s what good advice does. It hits home and stays like an arrow in your heart. [Read more…]

Field Trips—the Best Kind of Research

Posted on Feb 8, 2016 by   15 Comments | Posted in Blog · Uncategorized

by Chris Marie Green We spend a lot of time “traveling” via our chairs and, to do research, we don’t even have to hop in the car and putter down to the library anymore! We are armchair research warriors who can look up anything with a keyboard click. It’s so very easy to stick to [Read more…]

How to Keep Your Writing Resolutions & Goals by Augustina Van Hoven

Posted on Jan 15, 2016 by   4 Comments | Posted in Blog · Uncategorized · Writing

It’s a new year and many of us are setting down our writing goals and resolutions. Everyone is thinking about finishing an old manuscript, beginning a new series or simply setting down the number of books and novellas we want to write this year. However, unless we also lay out a plan to achieve these [Read more…]

More Conflict by Shannon Donnelly

Posted on Jul 29, 2015 by   No Comments Yet | Posted in Blog · Uncategorized

Conflict—you can’t get too little of this in real life, and you can never have enough in fiction. A reader pays to see a character be put through the ringer—and that means you want to pile on the conflict. But there’s a danger to avoid. You want great conflict, not small arguments or even worse, [Read more…]

My Name is Alexa and I Write WHAT?

Posted on Dec 18, 2014 by   No Comments Yet | Posted in Blog · Uncategorized

by Alexa Bourne I’ve never been a traditional paranormal, futuristic or fantasy reader. Occasionally I’d dabble in time-travel stories and my 1st favorite TV shows had characters with special abilities, but that was about it. When I started writing, I focused mostly on suspense along with a few contemporary romances. When people asked my answer [Read more…]

Make Your Characters Talk to You Again

Posted on Jul 7, 2014 by   16 Comments | Posted in Blog · Uncategorized

  Ever have one of those days? As writers, you know the kind. The ones where the “gel” of the story just won’t come together and our characters won’t “stand out” on the page? We all have, trust me, and I wanted to share a tip (a writing exercise, if you will) that helps your [Read more…]

It’s the Characters… by Shannon Donnelly

Posted on Jun 26, 2014 by   6 Comments | Posted in Blog · Uncategorized

The alpha hero who suddenly goes all mushy…the heroine who’s supposed to be kick-ass but she keeps needing to be saved by that alpha hero…the bad guy who seems to want the heroine just because and who knows why he’s really all that bad… What do all these characters have in common? The poor characters [Read more…]