To Return Home And Change One Thing

For the past three weeks, I have been on my honeymoon with my wife but sadly our honeymoon has come to an end.

We traveled around New Zealand South Island in a campervan. It was stunning. The landscape is enthralling and magical. From one side of the coast of flat farmlands and Victorian-era buildings to rigid vast mountain ranges stretching through the west coast like the spine of a human body.
This trip was nothing short of my expectations and I can’t wait for the next chapter in our life.

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Five Ways To Improve Your Character’s Voice and Dialogue

If you haven’t been following my blog, a few posts ago I mentioned my blog series focusing on character development for your novel.

If you missed the previous posts, you can find click on them here –

Backstory and Motivations

Below is the next post for my blog series on character development, ‘FiveWays to Improve your Character’s Voice and Dialogue.

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How to Properly Weave Backstory and Flashbacks Into Your Novel

In my last blog post, Five Qualities Every Character In Your Novel Needs To Possess, I mentioned I want to emphasize on character development for your novel.

In the last post, I skimmed over some important factors to consider building your character and mentioned there are five things to make a well-rounded character. These are:

  1. Voice
  2. Beliefs and values
  3. Physical traits
  4. Back-story and flashbacks (I added the flashbacks because it seemed to be a reoccurring device for character development); and
  5. Goals and motivations.

In this post, I will be interrogating the back story for your character/s. Below are things to consider before weaving your character/s back story and flashbacks into your plot.

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Five Qualities Every Character In Your Novel Needs To Possess

Over the next few blog posts, I want to emphasize character development.

A well-rounded character consists of voice, beliefs and values, physical traits, back-story, and; goals and motivations.

For this post, I am going to skim over some important factors to consider building your character.

To create a well-rounded character, it can at times become a self-indulgent exercise. I have spent inordinate amounts of time determining small details that will never show up in the story. It’s not that these small details don’t matter but beware because it can delay the writing process.

Below are Five Qualities Characters Need to Possess in your Novel to make them a rememberable character.

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Six Ways To Stay Creative When You Blog

On my last post, How To Push Through Writer’s Block, I discussed different ways writers can push through the daunting blinking cursor or blank page.

I have been blogging for two years and through that time I have kept a list on my desk on how to stay creative when blogging.

We all come to that moment when we get stuck in our writing. Blog writing can be rewarding but there are times when writer’s block will stop us dead in our tracks.

Here are the six ways on my desk to remain creative when blogging:

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How To Push Through Writer’s Block

It’s been a while since I have posted on here and there are numerous reasons but the storm has faded.

Some days writing is hard.

Maybe the words aren’t flowing, or the writing time is interrupted by an unexpected emergency, or you don’t feel well. Any number of things can interfere with your productivity. A weakness for me is heat summer. I gaze out the window, I see the sun shining and my dog panting.

So, what do we do when we’re just off our game? Deadlines don’t go away and projects need to be finished.

Here are a few top tricks to help you write through the bad days:

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Five Tips For Multiple P. O. V.

In the last two posts, I focused on chapter one and how to start a new chapter.

To follow with one of my points, changing point of view is an excellent way to begin a new chapter.

I love reading fast-paced novels with lots of three-dimensional characters and multiple points of views. In both of my novels, A Time of Stones and War of Power and Light, I use multiple viewpoints to build the suspense between each character and the overarching plot.

Below are five tips to keep readers turning the pages with multiple points of view.

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Four Ways To Conquer Chapter One

As writers, we know that chapter one will make or break our book and that puts a lot of pressure on us.

We want to begin in just the right place, pick the perfect point of view, and somehow prepare the reader for the rest of the book without giving anything away. If we get it wrong, the first chapter might be the only chapter of our book anyone reads.

Don’t fret. Your first chapter, like any part of your book, won’t come out perfect on the first try and that’s okay. You may change which chapter comes first several times before arriving at your final draft.

If you are stuck on your chapter one, you can send it through to me and I can help, contact me here

Below are four ways to master chapter one. 

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Three Ways To Start A New Chapter

When your novel is progressing nicely and you finish a chapter, the next chapter is calling but you procrastinate, you do your laundry and you avoid your next chapter.

Writing a novel is difficult. It takes time and persistence.

There are many rules new writers are unaware of. When I was writing my first draft for, A Time of Stones, I finished each chapter and stared at the blank piece of paper, confused at how I could start the next chapter.

If this is you, below are three ways to start that next chapter and three dead-end ways to start a chapter. These rules aren’t set in stone but more of a guide to make your novel the best it can be.

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Five Ways To Avoid Backstory Dumps

First of all, what is backstory?

The backstory is anything and everything that happened before your short story or novel. Some authors and writers think the reader needs to know what happened before the story starts.

Backstory might show another layer to the protagonist but too much hopping back and forth to explain origins can become tiresome. Readers want action, they want forward movement. Decide how little backstory you can get away with and make sure you include only important background information.

Below are five ways to avoid backstory dumps and threading it through the story to keep readers turning pages.

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