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.
“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.