My Top 5 Rules for Good Characters

Everyone has their own rules for writing.. here are just a few of mine. 1) Layer. No person in reality is just one thing. Not just “The Funny Guy” , just “The Villain” or just “The Love Interest”. They aren’t always happy, disagreeable or kindhearted. People have lots of facets so give your characters dimension by letting them have lots of sides that we get to see. Where you come from and how you were raised have a huge impact on who you become. Carefully layer details that create a rounded character. 2) Relationships. People do not exist in a … Continue reading My Top 5 Rules for Good Characters

How Important is Character Development

Hello Creative Writer, We all know as writers that the act of telling a convincing and compelling tale is quite the difficult balancing act. We have to make sure the pacing is right and that the plot makes so as to avoid the dreaded plot hole. We need to make sure that the setting is believable and that there is a satisfying conclusion that lets the reader know that the story is over; whether it’s left a little open for a sequel or not. One of the hardest things to do in story building is to build up our characters. … Continue reading How Important is Character Development

Worldbuilding: Culture

Writing advice: “Write what you know.” Me: “But what I know is boring!” It’s one of many reasons why I tend more toward the speculative in my reading and writing. But even speculative fiction requires some grounding in reality, and I only have one short life’s worth of very limited experience. I know the people around me, how they live, what they look like, what they value. I can write about those lives, and there’s no reason not to. But I’m building a world here. If I fill it only with what I know, I will very quickly lose interest, … Continue reading Worldbuilding: Culture

Kurt Vonnegut’s 8 Rules for Writing – New York Writers’ Intensive

http://newyorkwritersintensive.com/kurt-vonneguts-8-rules-for-writing/ In the vein of character development… i’ve always loved Vonnegut’s suggestion that every character should want something..even if it’s only a glass of water. It ties into the human need to need. Everyone wants something. Once you know what your character wants, you know how they should behave, their purpose, and what drives them toward the end of your story. The want for nothing is a spiritual endeavor but for a good flawed character..make them greedy with wants. Continue reading Kurt Vonnegut’s 8 Rules for Writing – New York Writers’ Intensive

How to create a Fictional Language

Creating Your Own Language Authors use languages to help them tell the stories of the fictional worlds they are creating, from Tolkien’s Elvish, to Dothraki in Game of thrones, Klingon from Star trek and Na’vi from Avatar. Sometimes, it can be as simple as creating a word to name something that doesn’t exist in our current language- other times, the author can create an entirely new language. A constructed language is called a conlang and is created by a person or a small group as opposed to being formed naturally as a part of a culture. Today, we can use … Continue reading How to create a Fictional Language

Mapmaking and Worldbuilding

We had a great worldbuilding discussion during our most recent meeting. One of our writers brought in a map of her current fantasy project, and it was clear from the details that she’d put a lot of thought into how her world is organized. Geological features, place names, coded symbols serving as shorthand descriptors for different nations and societies—she’d even spent time researching river basins in order to draw a detailed hub of the world. She’d generated an indispensable reference tool that will help her keep track of not only the physical facts of her world but also the potential … Continue reading Mapmaking and Worldbuilding

6 Things I Did to Prepare for NaNoWriMo — jessicatrudel.com

I Wish I had read this before hand..Oh Well 🙂 National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is fast approaching. If you’re participating, chances are you’re either scrambling to prepare or you’re sitting back calmly wondering if there’s something you should be doing. If you’re a true pantser, you’ll be picking up your writing implement of choice on November 1st without a second thought to the consequences. […] via 6 Things I Did to Prepare for NaNoWriMo — jessicatrudel.com Continue reading 6 Things I Did to Prepare for NaNoWriMo — jessicatrudel.com

Tips and Tools for NaNoWriMo (and Beyond!)

I found a great podcast this morning and it practically flicked a switch in my brain. I was getting ready for work and wondering if I’d ever find the time to write today—or, more honestly, make the time—and then suddenly I was scribbling like mad. I don’t normally have the attention span for podcasts, but I’m a huge fan of some of the writers involved in Writing Excuses and the episodes are blessedly short—usually around fifteen minutes long. They also put out even shorter episodes for November, because it’s even harder to make time for podcasts when you’re trying to … Continue reading Tips and Tools for NaNoWriMo (and Beyond!)