Novel Writing Tips
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9 Surprising Reasons You Need 20 Characters to Start a Book If you think you have nothing to write about in your novel’s first chapter, think again: you have 20 people to introduce, and fast! Harry Potter and The Hunger Games each introduce 19 characters in their first chapter, and Twilight introduces a whopping 24.
How to Strengthen Emotions in Our Writing
Last time, we discussed ways to use The Emotion Thesaurus to avoid problems like telling instead of showing, head-hopping away from the point-of-view character, and clichéd writing. The fourth issue we touched on was avoiding flat or unemotional writing. This last one is a bigger issue than can be summed up in a couple of paragraphs. Whole […]
Twitter...for Research? ~ WRITERS HELPING WRITERS®
Using Twitter for Research A long time ago, I wrote a children’s manuscript called Peculiar Plants. It was all about weird little shrubberies that did things that other plants don’t do. Most of them were rare, growing only in a small patch somewhere on the … Continue reading →
How to Write Cliffhanger Chapter Endings
How to Write Cliffhanger Chapter Endings How to Write Cliffhanger Chapter Endings You probably know what a cliffhanger is--a surprise or story twist that leaves the reader hanging at the chapter's end, so they are compelled to turn to the next page. Sort of like every episode of...
Why Without the Right Character Motivation, Gattaca Wouldn't Be as Interesting - HAWKERS MAGAZINE
It was English poet, John Donne that famously said, “No man is an island.” Even in this day and age, our main goal in society is to connect with others. Hence the emergence of social media. In fact, haven’t we heard somewhere before that the reason why young people these days are so into social …