How to Reveal A Character’s Backstory Wound

backstory

A character’s backstory directly impacts her front story by the beliefs and people she was raised with, her education, her emotional development. Often something in her backstory caused a wound—either physical, psychic, or both. Anything in her past that now directly interferes with a character achieving her dream or goal in the front story is called a backstory wound. (If you enjoy exercises to improve your relationship with your writing and your life, think of the following not only for a … [Read more...]

Character or Action-Driven Writers? Take the Test

Take the Test

Do you know whether you're Character or Action-Driven Writer? An Emotional Writer or a Logical Writer? Take the test below. Many writers develop one plotline at a time and tend to begin with the Character Emotional Development or the Dramatic Action plot, while putting off the Thematic Significance to the end. The plot line you first choose to carry through the entire first draft is most often directly tied to your strength--strength determines preference. Are you adept at developing complex, … [Read more...]

How to Get Story Ideas Out of Your Head and Onto the Page

The Plot Whisperer Book of Writing Prompts

I recently received the following query from a writer:  "I have several stories inside me. I have your Book of Writing Prompts. Yet which book would really help me get the stories out of my head and onto the paper?" The subtitle of The Plot Whisperer Book of Writing Prompts: Easy Exercises to Get You Writing doesn't give a fair estimation of the overall intent of this plot writing book. Yes, the prompts book is filled with daily affirmations and plot advice, yet the 120 prompts are not random … [Read more...]

Writing Tip of the Day

What is the difference between a writing dream and a writing goal? A dream usually requires the help of others to come true. A goal is under your control, measurable, and quantifiable. Writers often dream of becoming a published author. For that dream to come true in the traditional sense, you need the help of an agent and publisher. Or, today, anyone can publish independently, which then turns the dream of being published into a measurable goal. Writing Tip of the Day To achieve your writing … [Read more...]

Help Name My Novel Contest Winning Title

Your enthusiastic response to my outreach for help naming my forthcoming novel delighted me and left me more confused than ever! I especially appreciated the comments explaining why one title beat out another in choosing the winning title in my Help Name My Novel Contest. The vote: 52% for The Boy with a Magic Touch 48% Parallel Lives Based on those percentages, one would assume that The Boy with the Magic Touch is the winning title. Yet, after reading the comments and gaining a terrific … [Read more...]

Writing Blockbuster Plots Goodreads Giveaway

Writing Blockbuster Plots

Always looking for new ways to put my books in the hands of writers, I recently learned about Goodreads Book Giveaway. I've put up 10 copies of my latest release: Writing Blockbuster Plots A Step-by-Step Guide to Mastering Plot, Structure and Scenes. As I understand the giveaway, to sign-up you simply enter your shipping address. Goodreads decided the winners. I ship a copy of the book using the address you give. One of the greatest hurdles writers face is creating the plot of your novel, … [Read more...]