Lately, I’ve been noticing a series of common problems popping up in a lot of young adult manuscripts (and even published YA novels!). Does yours suffer from any of the following? If so, these may be some areas that could use a little strengthening. 1. An imbalance with your heroine/hero (or protagonist/love interest) — It’s … [Read more…]
Flashbacks are a scene or piece of a scene from a past time that is interjected into an ongoing story. They are usually presented as a memory of POV character, and many writers seem quite fond of adding them to their books. The problem with flashbacks is that they can pull the reader out of … [Read more…]
What is the biggest mistake writers make? Being too easy on their character and their readers. That’s right; to write a successful book that people want to read and KEEP reading you can’t be nice. Nice is boring. You have to torture your characters, never letting things go too well for them and in the … [Read more…]
When I first started writing, I’d never heard of motivation reaction units (MRU). What I did know, though, was sometimes things just didn’t seem to flow. Sections of prose would feel awkward and just not right. So I would re-read and re-word until they did. Even after I did know what motivation reaction units were, … [Read more…]
So how do you create a captivating lead character and cause your reader to fall in love with your protagonist? Here are some writing tips.