The hero’s journey is a classic story structure that seems to be embedded in all of us. This video gives examples of the narrative quest from movies, myths, and literature. It’s worth a view, especially if the hero’s journey and narrative quest structure is new to you as a writer.
To misquote a famous bard: To backstory or not to backstory. That is the question. Or as I put it in the title… Writing Backstory: Yea or Nay? What is Backstory in Fiction? Backstory is exposition or flashbacks about the lives characters have led prior to the start of a book, story or movie. Is Backstory … [Read more…]
During a bike trip this summer, one of the other back-of-the-pack riders told me (as we puffed, sweated, and pedaled to catch up) that she writes one “thank-you” a day. I liked the idea. After I returned home and cleaned the bugs off my bike, I stopped my to-do-list routine and wrote an e-mail thanking … [Read more…]
So you want to write a romance novel? Do you know what that means? Very briefly, a romance focuses on the central story of two people falling in love, and the challenges they encounter trying to make the relationship work. It also means the story will end with the understanding that these two characters will wind … [Read more…]
When writing villains in fantasy, always remember one thing… One may smile, and smile, and be a villain.* I once taught a class for young writers in which a student read from the prologue to her fantasy epic. Her black-clad, black-haired villain strode the black hallways of his black castle until he reached his black … [Read more…]