Today Jen Johnson is here to discuss story structure. Jen and I met through my dad, when she was adapting his novel The Freedom Factor into a play. Since then, we’ve been able to meet up at a writing conference and chat online about writing. She’s a great person, a lot of fun, and very talented. So here she is:
I get to start off this month of writing tips and advice by talking about how authors can play fair with good guys vs. bad guys. Continue reading “MBM:Playing Fair: Good Guys vs. Bad Guys by @RLBelliston”
Welcome to the fourth day of March Book Madness. (If you’ve missed any days, make sure to catch up. The schedule is at the bottom of this post.)
Today, Tricia Pease is here talking about how plot and characters can be developed together. Tricia is my niece, and I love her (and her family) to pieces. She’s been an avid reader and writer since she was young, and she’s currently working on two novels. I’m so excited to have another writer in the family, and I’m thrilled she agreed to come back to March Book Madness!
(See her previous post at the end of this one.)
When starting your book, what came to you first, the hero or the villain?
Maybe it was the plot or the setting?
I have two stories I’m working on, and for one it was the hero and the other it was the plot. But once I had the initial idea, I couldn’t move forward without developing both the story and the characters.
Welcome to the second day of March Book Madness. (The schedule and explanation is at the bottom of this post.)
Today I’m thrilled to have my dad, Gerald N. Lund, here talking about his thoughts on the four essential elements of good writing, plus some advice he’s followed from other authors through the years.
I’ve written six novels now. My preferred method of writing is using multiple POVs (point of views) to tell my story, meaning I have a few characters who take turns being the narrator. Five of my books use multiple POVs. One is told from a single narrator.
Today I want to give you 7 tips I’ve learned about writing multiple POVs.
1. Use as few POV characters as you can
Use preferably less than five per book.
More than five is hard to follow as a reader. My Citizens of Logan Pond trilogy has four, and it’s working out well.
2. Each POV character should have a reason for being a POV character
Ask yourself a few questions:
When I first started writing novels, I had a lot to say about writing. I was learning so much and anxious to share, so I’d write blog post after blog post of, “Ooooh, look at this new shiny trick!”
I haven’t posted much lately. It’s not because I feel like I’ve learned everything. It’s the opposite, actually. I’m starting to think I’ve learned too much.
That sounds bad. Let me explain.
Welcome to the last day of
MARCH BOOK MADNESS 2013!
If you’re new to March Book Madness, it’s an excuse for me to discuss everything about writing, editing, and reading books with some amazing authors and readers. If you’ve missed any days, make sure to catch up. It’s been awesome.