When reading, we don’t fall in love with the characters’ appearances. We fall in love with their words, their thoughts, and their hearts. We fall in love with their souls. - Unknown
"If it’s critical to the character, it’s critical to the reader, and then it’s not backstory.” - Jeff Kleinman
If you don’t see the book you want on the shelf, write it. - Beverly Cleary
The lesson I most needed to learn was this: just write. It doesn’t matter how bad it is. It doesn’t matter if it makes sense the first time around. There’s a reason editing is a thing, and a reason it’s called a first draft.
What makes a good story? Is it the descriptions? Is it the characters? Or is it the plot? All of these things contribute to making a good story, but it will fall flat if it's not structured like a story. There are several different ways you can lay out your plot, from the Pixar model … Continue reading Writer’s Retreat: Story Structure
What happens after you write your book? A whole lot, if you want to get your book into the hands of readers outside your personal circle. It's more than a good story, it's how you go about marketing the book. If you go the traditionally published route, the process is much easier. Those companies handle … Continue reading Writer’s Retreat: Marketing a Book
Good characters will make or break a book. It can be set in an amazing world and have a the best plot ever, but if the characters are flat, your book will be too. That's why it's important to design your characters in both word and action. Each character should have a unique voice. The … Continue reading Writer’s Retreat: Character Design