Characters should stand for something. As authors, we have an obligation to think about the principles and values our heroes stand for and write characters that matter and make a difference in the world.
You’ve decided to make your protagonist a Secret Service Agent, now what? Even if you’ve never served in the Secret Service, you can still write with authority and create an authentic, powerful hero. Read on to learn how!
You don’t get a second chance to make a first impression, and a novel’s opening line is an author’s first impression with a reader. When executed properly, a masterful opening will hook your reader and set the tone for the entire book.
To help you craft an epic hero, Career Authors proudly presents the fifth installment in our series of infographics—HERO’S JOURNEY: Crafting the Path To Greatness
Tips to adapt, stay productive, and avoid succumbing to feelings of desolation during a crisis.
“What if…” the two little words that every author should have in their toolbox. These two words have the power to instantly jump-start people’s imagination, and when I say people, I mean literary agents, editors, film producers, and readers! So, if you’re not using “what if…” when you brainstorm, plot, and pitch your work, then you should start. Here are some tips:
What are the components of setting? And how do we utilize setting to influence the thoughts and emotions of our POV characters and add tension and richness to our storytelling? To help answer this question, we at Career Authors proudly present the fourth installment in our series of infographics—SETTING: The Silent Character.
Happy New Year fellow writers! Now it’s time to get productive…kick off your 2020 with tips to increase your productivity by developing good writing habits, slaying procrastination, beating writer’s block, and writing fearless.
How to Use "Tags" and "Beats" to Elevate Your Dialogue. by Brian Andrews If you think dialogue is something that only happens "inside the quotation marks," then think again. Yes, what your characters say matters immensely, but the savvy author knows...
Subtext 101: What lies beneath (Part 2 of 2) In Part 1 of this post, we compared subtext in a novel to a musical score in a film. Like a theatrical score, subtext does its work in the background—creating mood, tension, and cadence. Without subtext, a novel can feel...
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