S16E6 – Throw in an Obstacle

There are some things that can help any author simply write, no matter the genre. We’re sharing with you this month tricks of the writing trade. Especially during November, which is National Novel Writing Month, writers everywhere need all the help they can get to hit that 50,000 word count goal. That includes things like how to write right, filling the middle bits of a book, and making sure to also highlight supporting characters.

There’s only about a week and half left in NaNoWriMo, which means writers around the world are in the middle of their stories. This can be the most difficult part to write because things need to happen, but what? We can’t just skip to the end and call it good. But what exactly needs to go in the middle? The answer is simple in saying, but not in execution. Obstacles. Protagonists need to have challenges along the way to their final goal. In this episode, Ley and Leigh discuss ways to throw obstacles at your characters to make them struggle and pull your readers into the story.

First aired November 19, 2020.

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I'm an editor and cover designer for AspenHouse Publishing. I am also a host for AspenHouse's poscast, Writing Roots.

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