This week, choose a book that has a similar feel to the story you’re working on. Read a page or two before you start writing to set the tone for the session.
I’m a morning person, always have been, so my day begins around 5am, Monday-Friday. Perhaps you are the same, perhaps not. But getting up early didn’t necessarily mean that I was ready to hunker down and work on my book.
In fact, it took me an embarrassingly long time to sort out what I needed to ready myself to write, but once I did, I found that having a pre-writing ritual, one that begins before I go to bed, has helped me prepare, physically and mentally, to focus on my work. Continue reading
Do you use writing exercises or questionnaires to help you flesh out your characters?
If you’re working on a scene where your character needs to get angry, pick an incident from your past where you were furious and spend fifteen minutes writing about it before you sit down to work on your novel. The exercise will help you put yourself in your character’s place.
Do you think a protagonist needs to have a moral failing at the beginning of a story in order to have a full character arc?