Tag Archives | Writing Craft

The Basics of Show Don’t Tell

Hi all; Julie here! Today’s post goes back to basics with a discussion of Show Don’t Tell. (For other approaches to this rule, you can read JJ’s piece on balancing the mix of showing and telling, Pub Crawl alum Susan Dennard’s post on using showing and telling on macro and micro levels, and Kat’s approach to when to show and when to tell.) There are few rules of craft that can be applied to a […]

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Making Your Characters Do Stuff

Good morning, Pub Crawlers, and Happy NaNoWriMo 2016 for those of you participating! I thought I’d talk about Character Agency today, as this is a huge part of the drafting process, and some of you might find it useful as you are drafting your novels. As part of my job, I read a lot of queries and a lot of manuscripts. I help edit my clients’ work before submission and identify weak areas. Something I’ve […]

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Creating a Satisfying Character Arc

Hi all! Julie here! Today I’d like to talk about character arc—what it is and why it matters. I’d also like to share my own personal approach to creating an arc for a character. A character arc is the change that happens to a character in response to the events of the plot. A cowardly character might become brave, a stingy character might become generous, or a timid character might become confident. Those are broad […]

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Things I Do While Editing

This is with pretty much every book I’ve ever written. One day, I hope to learn from my mistakes and really streamline the process, but I’m working on what will be my seventh published book (sixth solo, and but eleventh if you count novellas) and I’m still doing all these things. 1. I always have a few drafts where I work really hard to keep sentences I like. I move them around. I make them more […]

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What Comes Before Part Three: A Whole Lotta Character

Hello again, lovely Pubcrawlers! Hopefully by now you’ve spent some time considering your premise, story world, your character’s basic actions and, most importantly, their weakness and moral choice. Because now we’ll define some of the last few steps to fleshing out your character’s emotional and physical story arc. Settle in: this one is a bit longer than the last two. Just a reminder: This series is not an Outline How-to; this is more appropriately looked […]

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