Friday, September 22, 2017

Three types of characters: major, supporting and invisible characters

Major characters show up often in the story. Readers will care about them. Readers expect to find out what happens to them by the end of the book. Obviously, among your major characters, the first and most important one is your protagonist. No matter how many major characters you have, there should be only one protagonist.

Supporting characters.
Supporting characters may make a difference in the plot, but readers aren’t emotionally involved with them. They may cause a twist in the story, but they will not play a major role in shaping the story.
A supporting player does one or two things in the book and disappears. You may name supporting players and perhaps divulge a little bit of background, but they are not as important as major characters are.
Examples of a supporting character would be a man who discovers the body in a mystery, the crazy ex-girlfriend in a romance, or the guard of the Seat of Death in a science fiction book.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Most villains do not believe they are bad, just misunderstood.

Writing mysteries or romance, sci-fi, fantasy, history or your own made-up genre, someone is going to be the villain, the antagonist.

Villains often do malicious, devious acts because of the negative influences in their own lives. However, most villains do not believe they bad. They believe they deserve to win because of what have been done to them in the past.

Don Corleone, in The Godfather, a sympathetic villain, was driven, at least in part, by his love for his family and his love for The Family (the Mafia).

Hannibal Lecter in Silence of the Lambs was driven by intelligence, boredom, and the knowledge he could outsmart his captors so easily.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Beating writer’s procrastination. (No such thing as Writer's Block).

Personally, I believe writer’s block is a made-up malaise invented by writers because they are scared to write. 

They should call it Writer’s Procrastination, but it wouldn’t look good on the t-shirt. So here’s advice for when you find it hard to write:
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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Remember your emotional reaction to events that have happened to you.

Much of what you write in the coming years will be based on what has happened to you. Notice I said, “Based on” not exactly what happened. Strive to remember your emotional reaction to events that have happened to you.
Of course, having ideas for books means nothing if you don’t keep track of the ideas. I use the voice recorder app on my smartphone and transfer the files to my computer later on.
You can carry a notebook with you if you’d rather. Everything's important. Remember all you can.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Most successful novels published today contain a great deal of action.

In a novel, anything can be summarized. Since scenes are harder to write, most beginners rely too heavily on narrative summary to tell stories.

A century ago, you could write practically an entire book in a narrative summary. No more. Most novels published today contain a great deal of action. Where many beginning novelists go wrong is to put passages into action that should be narrated, or to narrate passages that should be put into action.

Lary Crews