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Rereading posts about character development in writing novels. Won’t reveal how I’ll plot the main story though – no spoilers! I’ll just mull over all this stuff and let the outline I’ve created for the end jell in my mind. I’ll know when I ready to write the first draft cuz after reading all this, inspiration will hit me and it will come out like a flood. That’s how my writer’s mind works.

These are my favorite posts from writing instructors, who seem to me to know what they’re talking about. Having written several books, I find these posts most helpful. If you are as busy as I am, a lot of these posts have an audio version that you can listen to while doing something else. Because a lot of writing skills are useful for ALL genres, those who write any type of novel may find these posts useful.

“Don’t doubt in the darkness what God told you in the light.”

The best stories are those that feature protagonists and antagonists who share more in common than not. #writetip

The single most important element in convincing a reader to continue reading past your first page is an unanswered question.#writetip

When you let even an exciting scene drag on too long, tedium is the result. #writetip

Writing Question of the Day: Does your character’s job play a role in the story? #WQOTD

 #YouKnowYouAreAWriter When you ask yourself about every character, “What if they weren’t who everyone thought?”

Fiction revolves around relationships: a romantic couple, parents and children, friends, even a man and his volleyball. #writetip

The narrating characters will control the tone and flow of the story, and, in large part, decide whether or not the book works. #writetip

“The best stories are the ones with the unexpected plot twists that no one would have guessed, even the writer.”-Shannon L. Alder #amwriting

Conflict is an important ingredient that can sometimes get lost amidst the clutter of too many characters. #writetip

The best books use foreshadowing to ensure readers have all the pieces they need going into the climax. #writetip

Writing Question of the Day: Do any of your characters have distinctive dialogue tics that set them apart? #WQOTD

Subjecting characters to the worst thing that could happen to them is about finding specific weaknesses and twisting the knife. #writetip

Sketch the setting briefly when the characters first enter it, then scatter important details throughout the scene. #writetip 

Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart.-William Wordsworth #amwriting

“Every sentence must do one of two things–reveal character or advance the action.”-Kurt Vonnegut #amwriting\

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