In the writing world, you get mixed answers about writing backstories. Some people advise you to write pages and pages of background on your character, from the moment he was born until the moment your story starts. Others will tell you to keep backstory minimal. How can you reconcile these two ends of the spectrum?
Celebrations are important to humanity, both in real life and in storytelling. YA books are great at devising these celebrations and traditions. Here are four common ones you may see and consider creating in your own story world.
A story doesn’t need to end with good winning. It simply needs to show that good should have won or will eventually win. But what might that look like, exactly?
It’s easy to get stuck when your head is in one fictional world for a long period of time. This is when you tend to lose the forest for the trees and vice versa. How do you get unstuck and expand your writing horizons? You do it with a little spice I like to call genre hopping.
A draft sprinkled with poor grammar, inconsistencies, and misused words will not be taken seriously in any context. Still, as authors, it’s easy to look right past our writing’s errors. How can we sharpen our self-proofreading skills?
How many more times must you slog your way through those 345 pages you just penned to perfection? Some say three. Ernest Hemingway says 39. Although this post may not provide a clear-cut answer, it does offer another approach.