We’ve all done it at some point. Maybe we think using a word instead of said will make our writing seem fancier. What about the mirror cliché? So on and so forth. This is a new section that I plan on adding to as time goes on. Five Habits to Avoid in Fiction Writing. This […]
This is my character bio template you can download and edit for your own characters. Character Bio Template CHARACTER BIO TEMPLATE Name: (Include formal and any nicknames or aliases) Role in the story: Age: Sex/Gender: Race: Ethnicity: Marital Status: From: Parents: Siblings: What languages do they speak?: Where do they currently live? Describe their home/city: […]
Descriptive writing is a description of characters, objects, environment in your story. It awakens the five senses: Sight, Sound, Smell, Taste, Touch.
Try using sensory descriptive words. Here’s an example from my upcoming story
VAGUE: I sat up in my dark bedroom. I felt horrible and angry. Eventually, I laid back down and started to cry.
VIVID: I sat up in my bed engulfed by the darkness, only the light from the moon illuminating the room. I felt a heavy pit in my stomach as I tried to grasp what just happened. Why do I keep allowing this happen? I wiped away a tear, angry at myself for crying. Get it together, I told myself. I laid back down in my bed, looking out the window, as the blaring sound of an ambulance whirled by. I stayed very still, trying not to feel anything, trying to be numb. If I moved my body or even one inch, I would come undone. I closed my eyes and could feel the hot tears running down my cheek and onto my pillow forming a warm puddle against my face.
See the difference? Ayana is expressing sadness because she feels heartbroken. But simply saying she felt horrible and angry wasn’t enough. Simply saying she was in a dark bedroom wasn’t enough. It’s important to paint the picture for your audience.
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Check out these helpful tips on creative writing. Whether you are a beginner or a seasoned pro, these tips are sure to help!
Show & Tell
How to Write a Short Story
Creative Writing 101
Creative Writing Now
How to write a story
How to write a novel
Do you ever find yourself completely swept away by a character in a novel you’re reading or even in a movie or television show you’re watching? Well that’s because a writer (or a team of writers) took the time to make that character true to life. Some of the most interesting characters in literature are complex characters. They may not have the most endearing attributes, they might be a bit hypocritical, but overall they are human. I think we can all identify with our own complexities. As people we all have layers. A well written character will make you love or hate them, or maybe you can feel a bit of both. The important thing to remember is to see your characters as human and don’t worry if your readers hate them. At least your readers feel something! Happy Writing!
Fill in Your Character’s Bio
10 Tips for Your Character Biographies
How to Write a Character Profile
How to Write a Character Biography
8 Ways to Write Better Characters
My Character Biography Template
How Detailed Should I be When Writing a Character Bio?
Character Biography Templates
Why and How?
We all get down sometimes when we create stories or share the work we’ve worked so hard on. Maybe people are not paying attention, maybe they don’t seem too interested in what you’re writing. But is that a reason to stop making something you love so much? How do we overcome discouragement? I don’t have the answer because I often feel discouraged too. Maybe some of these tips on not getting discouraged whether writing related or other things in life can help.
24 Quotes That Will Inspire You to Write More
How to Get Reads, Readers & Comments
8 Reasons No one is Reading Your Articles (This is more geared toward this particular site, but it has some useful information that could help in attracting more readers )
Accepting That No one Will Read Your Story (How to overcome it)
10 Reasons to Write Your Story Even if No One Reads It
Writers Don’t Get Discouraged (Coming from a fellow Simmer)
Why Every Story You Write is a Guaranteed Failure
How to Stop Getting Discouraged
The More We Compare The More We Lose Ourselves
12 Things to do When We Get Discouraged
This is a list of sites with useful information on how to conduct research for your stories and characters. I am also including a recent blog post I wrote with my own research tips.
Research Tips for Stories (by me)
7 Tips on How to Research a Novel
7 Great Online Resources for Writers
5 Tips for Historical Fiction Writers