Tips For Writing Characters That Connect with Readers

Over at the First Five Frenzy post from last month, I talked about how to help a reader connect to your manuscript in the first five pages. I thought I’d quickly break down some of the previous advice that pertains to character, and then share a few more tips!...

Writing An Introverted Character

Agents and editors want characters that jump off the page… but what if your character prefers to stay home with a book? Juliet, the protagonist of my middle grade mystery Hot Ticket, is clearly an extrovert. She can’t stand that there is a mysterious ticket dispenser...

Writers As Cultivators of Gender

Between Wendy Davis’s filibuster, the severing of Tor’s relationship with James Frenkel and the general sociopolitical climate, I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about gender. But first, a quick note on the difference between sex and gender. You are...

Revision Checklist: Motivation

Have you asked yourself these questions about your latest work-in-progress? 1.) What does my protagonist want? Emotionally, what are they seeking? (Revenge, approval, etc.) Physically, what goal are they trying to achieve? (Finding a sacred stone, winning the science...

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