We never say exactly what we mean, but we hint at what we want. We dance around the question instead of coming right out and saying what’s on our minds. Listen to your characters speak. If you can’t hear them speak, then most probably what you want them to say, most often ought not toContinue reading “Dialogue is like going out on a date”
Write a journal and become the editor of your own life, imposing on an untidy sprawl of half-remembered events, a narrative shape and organising idea. Writing can help you pay attention to your life. Writers who keep journals produce more work than those who wait for inspiration to hit them. Writing every day keeps theContinue reading “Keep a journal and write your way into clarity”
In almost every case, a well-defined antagonist gives power to the story. Alfred Hitchcock said the more powerful your antagonist, the more complex and dangerous the situation, the harder your protagonist must work to overcome it and as you ratchet up the villain’s power, the story energy rises.
There is always a conflict between what we say and how we act. Body language is far more were reliable than spoken words if we want to know the truth. How does your character behaviour show how she feels about what is happening? What does she say that is counter to this physical reaction?
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