These two culprits are common causes for writers’ confusion. No wonder, they are so similar in form and meaning. To complicate matters even more, lie can show up as a verb and a noun. And lay as a verb, noun, and even an adjective. Let’s make it clear once and for all.Continue reading “Lie and Lay in all their Nakedness”
Clarence and Sophia were so angry/irritated/annoyed… Well, there are also other, more elegant, options to make your readers feel what you write.Continue reading “Show vs. Tell: 10 Practical examples: Exasperation”
It is alright to simply enjoy writing and collect your work in your drawer. But maybe you already feel an urge to show your work to someone. Move on. Get a few opinions. Or you’ve been trying to find betas (more about them and other types of readers here) for a long time and you did not succeed. Beta readers and critque partners can help you save a lot of money since the editors will deal with a much more polished manuscript when other people read it for you. Here are some ideas on how to gain readers in the wide and wild online world.Continue reading “How to Attract Beta Readers and Critique Partners”
Are you a writer? And do you let others read your work? The word beta reader has probably touched your ears. In short, it is someone who tells you what they like about your story and what they don’t. But the writing world is, as everything else, evolving and the whole beta reader thing is more complicated now. People are no longer satisfied with the simple beta label and you can find various other expressions in the writing discussions. Each type of reader is expected to do something different and there are separate groups to find them.Continue reading “Alpha, Beta… Your Test Readers”
Writing is a great adventure. We often try different fonts and page sizes right after the first half of the very first manuscript page. It has to be nice! But what about the content?
Allowing ourselves to be carried by the inspiration current and have no clue where the story is going is one of the common writing approaches. However, there are also authors who are more comfortable with creating a plan first and only then starting the manuscript. Here are some ideas for creating an effective plan.Continue reading “Book Plan Tips”
We cannot avoid this. All writers need the test readers who get to see the manuscript in its early stages. It is far from perfect but you cannot make it better without their contribution. And you receive criticism. And it hurts.
Here are a few reasons why it is not the end of the world. And, really, don’t burn that manuscript just yet.
Creating characters that look and behave in a realistic way is one of the major challenges a writer faces. The main problem is, not a surprise, the author is just one human being. There are the personal views, experience, fears, preferences … and this, sadly, very often results in generic characters that flood the author’s work without them realizing the new protagonist in the next novel is just the short-haired, taller version of the previous one. Maybe the color of the t-shirt changed as well. And yet, this does not stop the readers from realizing the striking resemblance.
The danger that lies here is obvious. Repetition is boring. The same characters bring predictability, predictability ruins the joy of reading and, ultimately, the author may lose the audience and reputation.
However, there are a few things you can do to avoid the upper mentioned. You can also download our character sheet designed for writers for a quick and easy character creation.Continue reading “Realistic and Diverse Characters”