This is a follow-up to GOT TIPS? where I shared some creativity lessons picked up along way of writing my novel. Which is nearly done, by the way. I would be done much faster if it wasn’t for school and… oh, never mind. If you want to hear some tips that I’ve come up with myself click here.
So there’s no need to elaborate further; let’s get down to it.
1. Jocelyn Hughes says, “Treat all of your secondary characters like they think the book is about them.”
2. Amanda Patterson said a good scene includes the following:
* A sense of time and place.
* Meaningful conflict.
* Plenty of action and dialogue.
* A goal where the hero or villain wants something.
* An ending that makes you want to turn the page.
3. About describing the setting, this is what I advised to a friend of mine:
* Weave in action with setting description in order to maintain the flow of the story. Mere description will slow it down.
* It helps showing how the character(s) feels in the environment.
* Personally, I sometimes like to start with a sound, smell or color, which sets the mood.
* If you don’t know how to make the description “pretty,” then tell it how it is, keep it simple, move on with the plot and edit later.
4. Jessica Page Morrell says these are the essentials you’ll need for a novel:
* A knowable protagonist who will fascinate readers.
* A problem that needs solving or a goal that needs reaching.
* An understanding of your protagonist’s inner and outer desires. (I like to add that you also need their materialistic and psychological fears.)
* An interesting workable locale.
* A menace or threat hanging over the protagonist.
* An antagonist (preferably a sympathetic one).
* An idea how the story will turn out.
I hope you found this helpful. Happy typing!