How to Handle Criticism

As a budding writer or author, you will suffer through a great deal of criticism. Everyone's a critic, and everyone criticises art. That means you and your work will be a big target. They'll say your writing is dull. Your writing is too descriptive. Your characters don't work. Your plot doesn't make sense. Your plot … Continue reading How to Handle Criticism

Why “Red Queen” Wasn’t All That 

Under-developed characters: I felt that Mare Barrow (the main character) was very meh for me. She seemed bland and just an accessory for the story instead of a strong, developed, real character. I didn't care about her or her story. I didn't like her. And I just couldn't get into her person. In fact, I … Continue reading Why “Red Queen” Wasn’t All That 

Writing Advice NOT to Take

"Never start a story with the weather" - you can do whatever you like, as long as it's not boring! "Write what you know" - yes, you should explore what you know first, definitely. But if you want to write something else, do it! Technically, I started writing a love story before I knew what … Continue reading Writing Advice NOT to Take

What Makes a Character Bad 

They make decisions that don't really make sense.  They're bad to be bad. They have no history. They don't want anything. There's nothing driving them forwards except you, the writer.  They're a meh character. Nothing about them is interesting. No one cares about them. They aren't realistic. Maybe they're perfect or never make mistakes or … Continue reading What Makes a Character Bad 

How to Create a Character Profile

Anyone who is serious about writing a story, especially one with a lot of characters, should know what a character profile is - and use them. Take my fantasy series, for example, there are over 160 main-ish characters throughout the 4 books. Yes, that many! In order to keep up, and know each of them … Continue reading How to Create a Character Profile

Know the Whys of your Story 

You have a great story. It's full of Acton and drama and brilliant characters, right? Well if you don't know the whys behind all of that, then I'm sorry but you're story isn't really that good.  But don't fear! Here's some why questions to ask yourself in order to get started!  Why does your character … Continue reading Know the Whys of your Story 

How to Write Better Characters 

From our last post, you found out that the characters in your work need to be well thought through. But how do you actually make them real? How can you make them shine so that your readers truly engage with them? Well here's a few tips... Have them have many relationships (family, friends, partner, pets, … Continue reading How to Write Better Characters