In writing, it’s important that the reader relates to the protagonist or the main character. They’re the hero of our story. The good guy/gal. If the writer does their job, then we know the protagonist well. But what’s a hero if we don’t have an anti-hero? You must have a conflict in your story or it would be boring. The bad guy/gal is the antagonist or villain. What should the reader know about the villain? Everything! What makes them tick? What turned them into the villain? The main characters need to be three dimensional. A good writer knows that somehow, no [...]
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When it’s okay to tell instead of show in writing. Writers hear show don’t tell until it reaches a point where they are unsure what to do. But there are times when it’s a good idea. When is it okay? 5 Instances When You Need To Tell (And Not Show) To connect scenesand/or gloss over unnecessary conversations. Sometimes you need to make your readers comfortable with a brief transition that lets them know where they are in the story. The characters might have traveled to another city or moved to a different room. Or a short period of time might have passed. Example: [...]
When I write, I aim for as much authenticity as possible. To accomplish that goal, I spend a lot of time researching. It certainly slows down the writing process, but I believe it’s worth every lost night I’ve spent. In one of my reviews for The Chemist: A Psychological Thriller, I was complimented for that. Rebecka Jager, my co-author of Conjuror of Evil, and, along with Schuyler Pulliam, Romance Kills, are also determined to use as much authenticity as possible. Read the last chapter of Romance Kills if in doubt. It’s apparent Rebecks wanted it to sound realistic when she [...]