When J.K. Rowling introduces new Characters…
…you can visualize them almost instantly.
- Lightning bolt scar.
- Hand-me down robes.
- A mane of bushy, brown hair.
J.K. Rowling, author of the Harry Potter series, excells at writing unforgettable physical descriptions of her characters. I want to show you the magic behind her technique.
Read this, and you will be able to create your own vivid characters in just a few short strokes of your writing quill…
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Good dialogue will punch you in the chest.
It will swing like a fist out of the dark, and when it hits it will make your heart stop.
But when writing dialogue, most writers miss. Even professionals make some major mistakes (I’ll show you a few examples in a minute).
There are five things you need to stop doing when you write dialogue…
Fix these, and you will write dialogue that will smack your readers right in the emotions:
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I missed out.
I never read Hemingway when I was young. I’m glad I fixed that, because I was missing out.
In Hemingway’s Hills Like White Elephants, you quickly become acquainted with his powerful use of subtext and rapid characterization.
In For Whom the Bell Tolls, you can watch the writer peel away the layers of his characters, and his world.
I picked up 7 powerful lessons on writing more immersive dialogue from Hemingway’s 20th Century masterpieces.
Let me show you what I’m talking about:
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It’s Aunt Dolores.
You can smell her leaning over your shoulder (too much perfume with a hint of wet cat).
She thinks she’s sneaky, her laser-pointer eyes locked on your screen.
You try not to cringe. You close your screen, grateful that you weren’t working on that “romantic climax” scene in act three.
“Soooo!” she chirps, “Your mother tells me you want to be a writer!”
Turn, smile, and pray that she won’t ask you-
“And what are you writing? It better not be any of that spacey, science-y nonsense.”
She keeps talking without giving you time to answer…
“You know what books you should write? You should write like that one author, you know who I mean – oh, he’s so dreamy, you know the one-”
This one is for all the writers who will get cornered by family members this holiday season.
Read this and you will be more productive during this most trying time for writers.
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Short post, (because I’m kicking NaNoWriMo’s ass).
Let’s say, you just wrote a chapter.
You worked hard on it. You followed the outline. You’re pretty sure it’s the greatest thing anyone has ever written.
Until, a week later, you re-read it …
…it’s a boring, drivel-ly, snot-filled MESS.
When did this Chapter get so boring?
There is a fix. This technique will instantly make all your chapters irresistible page turners, and readers will glue themselves to your book:
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Only an an unstoppable killing writing machine will find success from NaNoWriMo.
You need to obsess.
You need laser focus.
But most of all, you need a secret weapon…
This post will replace your normal, boring human feet and replace them with a set of iron clompers.
With these, you will stomp all over NaNoWriMo like it’s made of bubblewrap and empty eggshells:
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NaNoWriMo is the Olympics of the Writing World…
…except you are the sole representative of your country. And you have to do every single sport. Everyday.
It’s also kinda like spending a month in solitary confinement, but with more caffeine. The goal of NaNo is to write 50,000 words in 30 days. That’s 1667 words per day.
In short: it’s grueling.
But the rewards outweigh the mind-crushing, soul-smothering moderate difficulties.
Do you want to call yourself a writer? Here are 9 reasons why you should say “fork it” and plunge into NaNoWriMo:
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