Book Genre: Choosing The Right One For Your Story

Most popular genres Knowing the industry is important. Whether you are self publishing or trying to find an agent that will publish you traditionally, you will need to know your target audience, and the genre you will be writing. Sales revenue generated is an important factor if you are writing to get published. More importantly,Continue reading “Book Genre: Choosing The Right One For Your Story”

The Importance of Book Genre In Fiction

Okay so I’m sure you already know what a book genre is, but here are three important areas you might not know about: Market Potential Sub-Genres in stories Genre Structure Most popular genres Knowing the industry is important. Whether you are self publishing or trying to find an agent that will publish you traditionally, youContinue reading “The Importance of Book Genre In Fiction”

The Basics of Creating Your Characters

If you are wondering how you can put what you have learned into practice, there is a surefire method you can use. Write a single page where you make your characters talk. Don’t worry about perfection, just make them talk. They can talk about anything. They can mention the weather, go over gossip, give boringContinue reading “The Basics of Creating Your Characters”

The Importance of Proper Character Interactions

Stories need conflict to be interesting. If you don’t stop your character from getting what they want you will bore your readers. How interesting is it when a superhero goes to fight a villain and they instantly win. There is just no suspense when you know your character is invisible. More importantly, its just notContinue reading “The Importance of Proper Character Interactions”

Character Speech Styles That Will Make Your Characters Feel Real

Making fictional characters feel real How do we take made up characters and make them feel real to others? Everyone speaks differently. There are a host of factors that should be considered when creating a character, and one of the most important ones is speech style. Education Intelligence Jargon from groups they are a partContinue reading “Character Speech Styles That Will Make Your Characters Feel Real”

Character Psychology and Its Role in Storytelling

An important rule to remember, is that characters are not people. We make upwards of 35,000 choices everyday. Can you image making that many for a fictional character? No Way. Instead, we filter out all of the boring details of their life and focus on the important parts. We create a surface based idea ofContinue reading “Character Psychology and Its Role in Storytelling”

What Are Character Arcs in Story?

What is a character arc: It is a journey the character experiences where they start in one place, and end up in another. This place can be a state of mind, a belief, skill, or relationship. During this journey they will go through a change and when the arc is over, they will have aContinue reading “What Are Character Arcs in Story?”

What makes a great character?

Great characters are hard to come by, but when they do, they feel so real that we believe that they could actually be a real person. We know how they act, their mannerisms, likes and dislikes, and what they might do in various situation. The goal is always to create a believable character that weContinue reading “What makes a great character?”

Characters: The roles they play in story

General rule: Characters in a story are there to move the plot. Stories revolve around your main protagonist(s) and the events the happen to them. Characters always have an external and internal journey during the story. We love characters just like we love other people. We can relate to them, live vicariously, or sympathize withContinue reading “Characters: The roles they play in story”

Conflict: The Driving Force of Every Interesting Story

Characters in a story have a goal. Conflict prevents them from achieving this goal. What happens now? That what readers want to know. Man vs. Self: Mental Illness. Deciding between what is moral. Picking between two choices that that go against each other. Man vs. Man: Very common. Most stories revolve around one person inContinue reading “Conflict: The Driving Force of Every Interesting Story”