Encountering writer’s block in the middle of a project is even more discouraging than being stumped at the very start. We’ve got ten tips for getting out of the weeds and back to your writing.
We hear the term “dynamic characters” frequently in literary circles, but what does it mean, and how do you know if your characters are dynamic? Here’s a checklist of common attributes of successful protagonists and other primary character.
Prompts and exercises to get you writing.
Writer’s bock is a sneaky beast. Sometimes it hits in the
middle of the project, when your plot and your characters are headed someplace,
but you just can’t seem to get everyone where they need to be.
If you’ve ever been to an author Q&A, you’ve heard the
question. You may have even asked it, been the very audience member to raise his
or her hand, stand up and say: “Did you know how your book would end before you
“Write what you know” is tried and true advice, it works. And yet, strong writing seems to require a good deal more than we know.
Many writers describe their narrators as “coming to them” in a distinct voice as they draft, rather than creating narrators through consideration of craft. This mysticism is part of the writing process and for many of us these are thrilling moments as a writer, when a voice “just comes” and we see where it takes us. Although it’s great to draft without wrestling too much with narration, clarifying point of view and the narrative voice are essential components of revision.
Identifying the end of a story is often one of the most difficult parts of writing. Sometimes writers are anxious to finish, other times we can’t bear to walk away from characters we’ve grown to love, and sometimes we’re still unsure how a story ends even as we’re wrapping it up. The ending of your story is nearly as important as the beginning.
Strong dialogue often makes the difference between stories that catch an agent or editor’s eye and those that don’t. You want your dialogue to be among the best, which means you need it to be believable.
I thought I had a fantastic short story— you know the feeling. It was thick with understated suspense, snappy dialogue and dynamic characters with names like “Chub Henderson.”
The best advice on writing a book comes from those who
have written books that resonated with multiple generations. It’s difficult to
remember that these authors were not always infallible masters of the written
word, but writers who struggled as much as every other writer, and learned how
to get the most out of themselves.