When it comes to planned trilogies, it can be challenging for the second installment to hold the reader’s attention. The overarching conflict is set up in the first book and concludes in the third. Meanwhile, in the second book, there’s often nothing to see for miles around but a whole bunch of rising action.Read More
If you’re reading this, it’s likely that you’ve completed the first draft of your manuscript.
First off: Congratulations! Second: Hop in. I have five organizational and motivational tips to set you on the path for productive self-revision.Read More
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Characters lacking in agency often don’t have many motivating factors to help them think, speak, or act. Instead, they passively accept the things happening around them.
This can make it difficult for the reader to empathize with your characters, often because it seems the characters are doing nothing to help themselves. As a result, you may risk losing your reader’s interest in your novel.Read More
Remember Goldilocks and the Three Bears? We don’t want too much or too little background on a character in a manuscript. We want it to be just right.Read More