By Gabrielle Schwabauer, Staff Writer One of the most beautiful elements of being a writer is the ability to put yourself in another person’s shoes, to imagine what it might be like to be someone with fears, challenges, and desires very different from your own.
By Gabrielle Schwabauer, Staff Writer Your original perception of a character is not set in stone. If they're boring you, or if they feel too much like you, or if they're stagnant in the story, you need to make a conscious decision to change them. Simple as that!
Daniel Schwabauer Outlines aren’t the only way to bring shape to a story. A bad outline will drive you compulsively in the wrong direction. Instead of giving advice, it will give commands. It will tell you to write what it summarizes, regardless of how the story has changed in your mind during the telling. “I am the story,” a bad outline will say. And if you listen to it, your story will be bad too.
By Emily Steadman, Guest Contributor How do we create sympathy for the main character without villainizing whoever comes against her? How do we create tension and conflict while treating characters on all sides as three-dimensional people who can be good as well as bad?
By Rachel Garner, Staff Writer This week I want to address what I called Plea for Help One: I’m writing historical fiction. How do I research? I’m going to give you some general guidelines to follow when researching your time period. Here’s where (and where not) to start.