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'Head-hopping' is the phrase used for when a writer jumps into different character's heads rapidly, usually within one chapter or scene.
While there are many books are written from the perspective of different characters, they usually only change character at a chapter break where it is clear to…
How to avoid becoming a flat character.
By: Lisa Silverman
During my years as a literary agent for both screenwriters and book authors, I received query letters by the thousands. Even small literary agencies are so overwhelmed by the influx that young, inexperienced interns weed through query letters from prospective authors before…
So everyone should know what a Point of View (POV) is. It’s how the story is written, who’s telling it. There are three different POVs, and they are as follows: first, second, and third. Easy, right? If you can count to three, you know your POVs.
This is when your story is…
Anonymous asked: I am writing a story that takes place in a college fraternity/sorority setting but I have one main problem: I live in a country with no fraternity system and I have no actually experience in college myself. Could you please give me some…
These basic plots are from the Tennessee Screenwriting Association, but I thought it would be useful to share them with you all. Many writers believe that there are only so many “basic plots” that make up a story, 20 of them to be exact, and that it all depends on how you develop these plots….
You should read the book that you see someone on the train reading and trying to hide that they’re laughing.
You should read the book that you see someone on the train reading and trying to hide that they’re crying.
You should read the book you find in your grandparents’ house that’s inscribed “To Ray, all my love, Christmas 1949.”
You should read books mentioned in other books.
Over at The Millions, Janet Potter, who has worked in bookstores all over the world for more than a decade, responds to Amazon’s 100 Books to Read in a Lifetime and similar rankings with a beautiful blueprint to the reading life.
Look at a big, unanswered question in life and chose to answer it in your plot. Congratulations, you have an idea.
Middle grade age groups:
- Lower Middle Grade: 7 - 9
- Middle Grade: 8 - 12
- Upper Middle Grade: 10 - 14
General Word Counts:
- Lower Middle Grade: 20k - 25k
- Middle Grade: 30k - 45k
- Upper Middle Grade: 40k - 60k
- Fantasy/Sci-fi: 40k - 75k
Themes and Topics:
- Upper Middle…
If you only write when you’re inspired you may be a fairly decent poet, but you’ll never be a novelist because you’re going to have to make your word count today and those words aren’t going to wait for you whether you’re inspired or not.
You have to write when you’re not inspired. And you have to write the scenes that don’t inspire you. And the weird thing is that six months later, a year later, you’ll look back at them and you can’t remember which scenes you wrote when you were inspired and which scenes you just wrote because they had to be written next.
The process of writing can be magical. Mostly it’s a process of putting one word after another.