A story hook is necessary in all forms of writing. Blog posts, news articles, short stories, novels, and letters to Santa. A hook is all about the “Story Question.” The author poses a story question, and it has to be enticing and compelling enough for readers to want to know the answer.
Readers turn pages because they want to scratch an itch—even if it takes them three hundred pages to do it. Even if it’s a quick checklist on how to more easefully run errands with a toddler—a writer’s job is to instigate an itch!
Read my latest post to learn what it takes to get that itch going in a reader so that they want to know the answer!
Have a writerly day!
Have you had a chance to read my guest post on Well-Storied about my top tips on busting through writer’s block?
This is one of the areas of creative writing mindset that I have successfully tackled in recent years, and I learned A LOT!
Did you know there are different kinds of writer’s blocks? Did you also know that writer’s block can be a misnomer and make us think we have it when we really don’t? Yeah, that’s just the tip of the iceberg.
Hop on over to the blog to read a few of my top tips and download my free guide to help you conquer writer’s block at the story development stage.
Welcome to the third post in my 4-part series on Marching Toward Goal Achievement. Last time we talked about why goals fail and how to create a savvy goal and turn it into an ass-kicking machine. This week I want to show you how to plug those goals into a schedule that won’t stress you out.
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Do you know where your character is right this second? Do you know where he’s going to end up? Do you have a logical, tension-filled, engaging path for him to follow?
Character arc, writers, is one of those necessary pre-writing decisions you need to make for your story. The type of character you want to portray will come through the arc you put him on. Conversely, the arc will help drive your character towards his story goal.
There are three major types of character arcs: Positive, Flat/Neutral, Negative. While there are some variations with the Negative arc, we’ll only focus on these three in this post.
Building a character doesn’t happen in one shot, at least, not the unique, three-dimensional characters. Deep, believable, get-you-in-the-gut people that drive story are so rich and complicated they burn, smolder inside you. How do you infect readers with your characters?