hiiiii! I’m currently outlining my story and I have a lot of characters that I don’t think do anything for the plot or many characters that do the same thing that one character could do. Do you have any tips on how I could figure out whether or not to keep them? Thanks.

heywriters: Save them for another story or sequel, otherwise, kill your darlings. From experience as a reader and writer, redundant and interchangeable characters in a story will confuse the reader and reduce the impact of your lead roles. Find a… Read morehiiiii! I’m currently outlining my story and I have a lot of characters that I don’t think do anything for the plot or many characters that do the same thing that one character could do. Do you have any tips on how I could figure out whether or not to keep them? Thanks.

hiiiii! I’m currently outlining my story and I have a lot of characters that I don’t think do anything for the plot or many characters that do the same thing that one character could do. Do you have any tips on how I could figure out whether or not to keep them? Thanks.

heywriters: Save them for another story or sequel, otherwise, kill your darlings. From experience as a reader and writer, redundant and interchangeable characters in a story will confuse the reader and reduce the impact of your lead roles. Find a… Read morehiiiii! I’m currently outlining my story and I have a lot of characters that I don’t think do anything for the plot or many characters that do the same thing that one character could do. Do you have any tips on how I could figure out whether or not to keep them? Thanks.

How do you create characters? Or do they come find you and tell you their stories?

I’m afraid it varies! It really depends on the situation. It feels too pragmatic to sound creative but too creative to sound pragmatic. On the creative end, sometimes the characters do come to me. But they usually aren’t presenting their stories… Read moreHow do you create characters? Or do they come find you and tell you their stories?

How do you create characters? Or do they come find you and tell you their stories?

I’m afraid it varies! It really depends on the situation. It feels too pragmatic to sound creative but too creative to sound pragmatic. On the creative end, sometimes the characters do come to me. But they usually aren’t presenting their stories… Read moreHow do you create characters? Or do they come find you and tell you their stories?

In all my writing I tell the story of my life, over and over again. Isaac Bashevis Singer

In all my writing I tell the story of my life, over and over again. Isaac Bashevis Singer

Writing Prompt

Use the following words in a story: cardboard, heart, brick, yellow, stripes

Writing Prompt

Use the following words in a story: cardboard, heart, brick, yellow, stripes

Am I significant or just convenient? six word story // havaita (via just-six)

Am I significant or just convenient? six word story // havaita (via just-six)

I’m writing a NA romance, and I just realized I may be straining to meet the requirements of the Bechdel test. I have several female characters, including my protagonist, but so much of the plot revolves around her relationship with men. Do you have any tips? Should I maybe add an unrelated subplot?

fixyourwritinghabits: You must remember that the Bechdel test is not the height of everything and on top of that you are writing a romance, where your main focus is going to be on said romance. In order to meet the… Read moreI’m writing a NA romance, and I just realized I may be straining to meet the requirements of the Bechdel test. I have several female characters, including my protagonist, but so much of the plot revolves around her relationship with men. Do you have any tips? Should I maybe add an unrelated subplot?

I’m writing a NA romance, and I just realized I may be straining to meet the requirements of the Bechdel test. I have several female characters, including my protagonist, but so much of the plot revolves around her relationship with men. Do you have any tips? Should I maybe add an unrelated subplot?

fixyourwritinghabits: You must remember that the Bechdel test is not the height of everything and on top of that you are writing a romance, where your main focus is going to be on said romance. In order to meet the… Read moreI’m writing a NA romance, and I just realized I may be straining to meet the requirements of the Bechdel test. I have several female characters, including my protagonist, but so much of the plot revolves around her relationship with men. Do you have any tips? Should I maybe add an unrelated subplot?

Writing Prompt

Use the following words in a story or poem: Cattle, radar, mask, frog, sea

Writing Prompt

Use the following words in a story or poem: Cattle, radar, mask, frog, sea

writingbox: “An opening line should begin the story. It should say: Listen. Come in here. You want to know about this.” Stephen King

writingbox: “An opening line should begin the story. It should say: Listen. Come in here. You want to know about this.” Stephen King

Limitations

writeinspiration: Limitations on yourself often force you to become more creative. Pick 10 things that you cannot/must do in your story. Your story must be about someone of the opposite gender. One of your 10 things must restrict or deny… Read moreLimitations

Limitations

writeinspiration: Limitations on yourself often force you to become more creative. Pick 10 things that you cannot/must do in your story. Your story must be about someone of the opposite gender. One of your 10 things must restrict or deny… Read moreLimitations

motherfuckinunicornking: “It simply isn’t a story worth telling if there aren’t any dragons.” That’s a fair point.

motherfuckinunicornking: “It simply isn’t a story worth telling if there aren’t any dragons.” That’s a fair point.