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Practical Prompt 11-10-16

 

WriteOwls

WriteOwls

For our current “Learn to Write by Reading” challenge, we invited you to examine the protagonist’s character arc in a book. Now, it’s time to apply what you learned to your own manuscript.

Last week, we discussed the protagonist’s mistaken worldview at the beginning of the story. This belief needs time to develop, to grow and mature, to become more deeply entrenched in his or her way of life. For this week’s prompt, highlight in scene sketches three moments in the character’s life.

  1. One at the beginning of the book, where the character truly believes the lie.
  2. Another further on, where something happens in the story to challenge the character’s belief.
  3. And lastly, a scene where your character is forced to confront this mistaken belief.

Of carabiners and cliffhangers . . .

Alicia Finney

Alicia Finney

Cliffhangers.  Writers love ‘em.  Readers hate ‘em.  So why use do we insist on using a tool that makes even the most peace-loving reader want to go all green and start raging?  Because, when it’s done right, everyone loves a cliffhanger.  Done right, it utilizes a particularly power-packed moment to end your scene leaving the reader with both a rush of satisfaction and an urgency that compels them go on.  Right.  This.  Instant. Continue reading

Multi-POV, With a Side of Headache? Yes, Please.

Naomi Hawkins-Rowe

Naomi Hawkins-Rowe

Ah, here I am again staring into the eyes of Multiperspectivity. I have become a pretty big fan of that term: Multiperspectivity, aka. Polyperspectivity, aka. Multi-POV. It’s a fun word, a big word, a word that is difficult to pronounce. Try saying that three times!

After  reading several fantastic novels that used a Multi-POV narrative, I initially felt inspired and ready to conquer the beast that is a Multi-POV Continue reading

Novel Structure and Multi-POVs

Naomi Hawkins-Rowe

Naomi Hawkins-Rowe

Awhile back I started to create reading lists for myself as a fun way to start each season. Often I strive to select books across genres, some for the sake of being a children’s and YA (aspiring) author, others to keep up the ruse of being a good post-grad “intellectual” and other for the sheer pleasure of just reading something I want to read. It’s good to be well-rounded in your reading habits, and I stand by the belief that in order to become good writers, it is necessary to read—comic books included. Continue reading

Practical Prompt 1-7-15

WriteOwls

WriteOwls

You finally have a moment to write, but what to do with your limited time? Here’s a practical prompt to kickstart the story you’re working on right now. The clock is ticking, people. Start writing.

In most stories, the protagonist grows and changes over the course of a novel. Take a look at how your character starts the novel and how he or she finishes it. Does the character change? Does that change make sense?