How do you describe your characters?
Here’s an amazing writing trick:
Go to the mirror, write what you see, and…
…never, ever do that again.
Because describing your characters with a checklist is BORING:
- Her eyes were brown
- And her hair was brown
- Even her teeth were brown
- She really should brush more often
If you want to describe the physical appearance of your characters, go see how J. K. Rowling does it.
Otherwise, keep reading. I’ll show you how to make your characters come to life…
…without writing dull, immersion-breaking, “this is how they look” paragraphs:
Continue reading 5 Ways to Describe Your Character (Without Actually Describing Them)
In this age of extreme opinions, it’s hard to write diverse characters…
…which means you should write them anyway.
We live in an age where the most dramatic opinion always gets attention:
- Extreme social justice movements on one side
- And horrendously disrespectful ideologies growing (should I say mutating?) on the other
Right now, writing about other cultures and backgrounds feels like a minefield.
Should you write characters from outside your own background or culture?
…and how do you do it?
In this article, I’ll give you a few guidelines to navigate through the minefield.
These guidelines will enable you to respectfully portray “other” characters – without making them plain, boring, or predictable. Continue reading How Can You Write Diverse Characters (without Stereotyping)?
Above the pearly gates in Writer’s Purgatory…
…there is a question painted gold, floating letters:
“What is the Most Important Rule of Writing?”
Ahead, a vaguely androgynous guardian stood over a marble lectern, scribbling in a book with gold-leafed pages.
When she saw me, a deep frown creased her otherwise flawless face.
She asked, “Do you have your answer?”
Continue reading The Most Important Rule of Writing?
“…There is no such thing as Writer’s block…”
At least, that’s what I keep hearing.
“It’s a lie. It’s an excuse. It doesn’t exist.”
Writer’s Block is real. Every writer ever has faced it.
But – there is a serious problem with calling it “Writer’s Block.”
Let me show you…
Continue reading How to (Actually) Cure Writer’s Block
One of my 2018 writing goals:
“Fail as much as possible.”
I want to fail at more writing projects. I want to get more rejections letters. I want to finish books, and have them completely bomb.
In order to do that… I’ll have to write more. Lots more. I’m talking mountains of paper and 1,000,000+ words that nobody will ever read.
Continue reading How to “Fail Better” at Your 2018 Writing Goals