Skip navigation
1 2 3 4 ... 43 Previous Next

Resources

632 Posts tagged with the writing tag
1

Creativity is the name of the game. Without it, writing fiction would be very difficult...okay, impossible. So how does one keep the creative juices flowing? Here is my four-step program to help you stay creative:

 

  1. Stay busy - For most people this is not a difficult step to follow. Everyone in this day and age is busy, but I'm not talking about your writing life in this instance. I'm talking about your life outside of writing. Find things that take your mind as far away from writing as you can.
  2. Reflect - When you're not busy either writing or living, take the time to sit quietly and reflect on your day. Go over the smallest details. As you reflect, pay attention to your breathing and get to the point where you're actively taking in and letting out breaths slowly. If this sounds like meditation, you're right. Some people don't think they have time to meditate, so I like reframe it as breathing. If you don't have time to breathe, then you're in trouble.
  3. Establish a routine - Drive to work the same way every day. Have the same thing for lunch every day. Tie your shoelaces the same way every day. Dress the same way. Write at the same time every day. Be boring. Be predictable.
  4. Break your routine - After you establish a routine for a few weeks, obliterate it. Change things up. Take a different route to work. Change your writing schedule. Forget what you worked so hard to establish in step three.

 

This program is not scientifically proven to work, but it doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out the principle behind what I'm suggesting. Keep the mind from getting complacent. Allow it to rest occasionally and lull it into a false sense of security. Let it think it's safe to relax and expect the "same old same old" every day. Once complacency sets in, change things up. Creativity often comes from the strain of change.

 

-Richard

https://createspacecommunity.s3.amazonaws.com/Resources Contributors/RidleyHeadshot_blog.jpg

Richard Ridley is an award-winning author and paid CreateSpace contributor.

You may also be interested in...

Creative Writing Exercises

Is the Early Bird More Creative?

5,959 Views 1 Comments Permalink Tags: self_publishing, authors, author, writing
0

Welcome to the Weekly News Roundup - a collection of news, advice and opinions from around the virtual globe.

 

Books/Publishing

 

Writing Deadline Dos and Don'ts - Huffington Post

If you've set a deadline for your next release, here's how to reach it.     

                           

Twenty-one Fast Hacks to Fuel Your Story with Suspense - Writer's Digest

Author Elizabeth Sims tells you how to dial up the suspense.       

 

Film

                                                        

Five Filmmaking Lessons for Directors, DPs, & Those Working with Multi-Cam Setups - No Film School

Lessons on finding your camera's dynamic range.     

                                          

Why a Director Shouldn't Edit Their Own Film - Filmmaking.net

Collaboration is a valuable asset in filmmaking.  

                                                                                                                                              

Music

 

Musicians: Discover a Simple Way to Connect with Fans - Musicgoat.com

The smallest things can have the biggest impact. 

 

Marketing Lessons from Taylor Swift - Bob Baker's TheBuzzFactor.com

Bob Baker explains how indie musicians can learn a lot from Taylor Swift.   

 

-Richard

https://createspacecommunity.s3.amazonaws.com/Resources Contributors/RidleyHeadshot_blog.jpg

Richard Ridley is an award-winning author and paid CreateSpace contributor.

 

You may also be interested in...

 

Weekly News Roundup- January 16, 2015

Weekly News Roundup- January 9, 2014

1,285 Views 0 Comments Permalink Tags: self_publishing, marketing, music, filmmaking, author, self-publishing, promotion, indie, movies, writers, writing, films, suspense, musicians, craft, filmmakers, branding, social_media, writing_advice
5

Why Do You Write?

Posted by CreateSpaceBlogger Jan 21, 2015

As an author you often get the question, "How did you come up with that idea?" And for me it's impossible to answer. I have no clue where the ideas for my books come from. There are a few times I can pinpoint an origin to a story, but those times are few and far between. For me, it is much easier to answer another question I've gotten on a number of occasions: "Why do you write?"

 

Let me start by giving the reasons that don't come into play when I evaluate my desire to write. I was not born with an innate ability to write. I wrote just terribly in the beginning. It was embarrassingly bad. Over time I got better, but no reasonable person would have looked at my early stuff and recognized a genius hiding in my clunky prose.

 

I have no illusion that my writing will change the world. There are too many moving parts to this planet for me to believe that I can create a movement and open people's eyes to a new way of thinking. That is a power I don't want nor believe I can develop. That's not to say I don't think other writers can change the world. I absolutely think they can. I just don't think I'm one of those writers.

 

I write for one simple reason: I want to know what happens next. That's it. I'm internally bombarded with "what if" questions daily. You know those moments when you witness an everyday occurrence with a predictable outcome, and wonder what if something different happened? Those moments for me turn into a relentless curiosity, and I'm driven to explore where that "what if" scenario takes me.

 

That is why I write. I'm curious to know why you write. What motivates you to wake up every day and add words to the story in your head?   

 

-Richard

https://createspacecommunity.s3.amazonaws.com/Resources Contributors/RidleyHeadshot_blog.jpg

Richard Ridley is an award-winning author and paid CreateSpace contributor.

You may also be interested in...

 

Is Writing a Talent or a Skill?

Gaining Perspective When Writing

1,250 Views 5 Comments Permalink Tags: authors, self-publishing, indie, writing, characters, craft, writing_advice, author_advice
2

If you've never heard of "active voice" or "passive voice," don't worry, you're not alone. However, while you might not know the official terminology, I'm willing to bet you can easily spot the difference between the two.

 

In the active voice, the subject of the sentence is doing the acting. For example:

 

  • I am writing this blog post.
  • You are reading this blog post.
  • They are enjoying that book.

 

In the passive voice, the subject of the sentence is being acted on by the verb:

 

  • This blog post is being written by me.
  • This blog post is being read by you.
  • That book is being enjoyed by them.

 

While active voice is strong and clear, passive voice is somewhat watered down...and a bit weak.

 

It's fine to use passive voice now and again, but the problem with using it too often is that it can bore - and potentially frustrate - your audience. Passive voice can also leave readers with unanswered questions if certain information isn't provided. For example:

 

  • The man was seen on the street early in the morning, and it was reported that he was up to no good. (Who saw the man? Who reported that he was up to no good?)

 

Still confused? Here's the first paragraph of this post again.

 

If you've never heard of "active voice" or "passive voice," don't worry, you're not alone. However, while you might not know the official terminology, I'm willing to bet you can easily spot the difference between the two.

 

Now here it is rewritten in the passive voice:

 

If "active voice" or "passive voice" has never been heard of by you, don't worry, you're not alone. However, while the official terminology might not be known by you, I'm willing to bet that the difference between the two can easily be spotted by you.

 

See the difference? Think active = strong and passive = weak. Who doesn't want to be strong?

 

-Maria

 

https://createspacecommunity.s3.amazonaws.com/Resources Contributors/MurnaneHeadshot.jpg

Maria Murnane is a paid CreateSpace contributor. She is the award-winning author of the romantic comedies Perfect on Paper, It's a Waverly Life, Honey on Your Mind, Chocolate for Two, Cassidy Lane, and Katwalk. She also provides consulting services on book publishing and marketing. Learn more at www.mariamurnane.com.

 

You may also be interested in:

 

Why the Passive Voice Is Hated By Me

Why Good Grammar Matters

1,526 Views 2 Comments Permalink Tags: self_publishing, author, writing, grammar, active_voice, passive_voice
0

Welcome to the Weekly News Roundup - a collection of news, advice and opinions from around the virtual globe.

 

Books/Publishing

 

Write Better: 3 Ways to Introduce Your Main Character - Writer's Digest 

How to create characters that the reader will not only like, but feel like they know, as well.           

 

How to Create an Effective, Engaging Video - Marketing Tips for Authors

Your author video must have a purpose to engage the viewer.     

                           

 

Film

                                                        

Three Reasons Why Great Directing Hinges on Prep Work and Pre-production - Norm Kroll

Going into production without being prepared can ruin a great film.     

                                          

How to Build Your Audience through Email - Filmmaking Stuff

Email is a good tool to use to build your audience.

                                                                                                                                              

Music

 

Six Resolutions All Musicians Should Make for 2015 - Hypebot.com

It all starts with knowing what you're getting into. 

 

What's Wrong with Your Vocal Warm-up? - Judy Rodman

Before you commit to doing vocal warm-ups before performances, make sure you're doing them right.   

 

-Richard

https://createspacecommunity.s3.amazonaws.com/Resources Contributors/RidleyHeadshot_blog.jpg

Richard Ridley is an award-winning author and paid CreateSpace contributor.

 

 

You may also be interested in...

 

Weekly News Roundup- January 9, 2015

Weekly News Roundup- January 2, 2015

1,417 Views 0 Comments Permalink Tags: self_publishing, books, authors, marketing, music, filmmaking, author, promotion, indie, movies, video, writers, writing, characters, films, promotions, directing, musicians, craft, social_media, character_development, author_marketing, film_audience, vocal_excersises
0

Know Thy Story

Posted by CreateSpaceBlogger Jan 14, 2015

I had the good fortune of being invited to a couple of writer's workshops this year. Both were enlightening and educational. I learned a lot from both the feedback I received and from listening to the other material that was presented. Beyond the exposure to different styles and genres, I got to see how other writers approach their work. The most edifying moments came when each author was asked to describe their stories. For the most part it was interesting, but there was the rare example of a few authors having no idea what their stories were about.

 

 

How could they not know what their own stories were about? I haven't a clue, but it was obvious. They started their description and then would meander off into a subplot, muddling the storyline so much that even they were too lost to get back to the main plot. When they'd finish their description, they'd invariably bark out, "Oh, I forgot..." and proceed to reveal a forgettable morsel of the story. They jumped from character to character trying to justify their existence. The reaction from everyone in the room shifted from attentive listening to polite head nodding to moving to the back of the room to see if any donuts were left.

 

 

Part of their befuddled delivery had to do with nerves, but part of it had to do with a lack of confidence in their main plot and its ability to carry a storyline. If you have no faith in the central theme of your story, you can't expect readers to demonstrate the faith for you.

 

 

If you're ever given the opportunity to discuss your book in public, know your story and have faith in your main plot. Don't veer off into sub-plots and minute character descriptions. Be concise and confident.

 

 

-Richard

https://createspacecommunity.s3.amazonaws.com/Resources Contributors/RidleyHeadshot_blog.jpg

Richard Ridley is an award-winning author and paid CreateSpace contributor.

You may also be interested in...

 

Character and Action

Write For the Story Not the Platform

1,828 Views 0 Comments Permalink Tags: self_publishing, authors, author, self-publishing, writers, writing, public_speaking, event, craft, workshops, author_tips, author_appearance, book_events
3

Rewrite for New Life

Posted by CreateSpaceBlogger Jan 12, 2015

Around 12 years ago, I wrote a screenplay that generated a small amount of interest because it did well in a fellowship competition. I thought it was my big break at the time. I started practicing my Oscar speech and wondering what I would wear to George Clooney's Super Bowl party. It was a delightful but brief, delusional vacation from reality. As the months passed, the phone calls and emails stopped coming in, and I returned to Earth no worse for the wear.

 

 

Fast forward to this summer, I decided to open the old screenplay file and see if I could adapt it into a play or even a book. What I discovered shocked me. The screenplay didn't hold up. It just wasn't as good as I had remembered. It's something I can't explain. I was baffled because it had almost won a fellowship competition. Instead of closing the file and walking away, I took the next two weeks and rewrote it. I cut scenes, characters, dialogue, locations, etc. I kept the basic premise intact, and one character kept his name and disposition. Everything else changed. I even made one of the primary male parts a female character. After the first rewrite, about 10% of the old screenplay remained. I had so much fun rewriting it the first time, I rewrote it again. This time about 1% of the old screenplay remained. The style and format looked nothing like the original.

 

It was a blast. I took a piece that I would have never thought of changing a decade ago, and I totally reworked it not once but twice. And it's a better, stronger piece than it used to be.

 

 

I'm guessing there are a number of writers reading this who have old manuscripts that you haven't thought of in years. I encourage you to dig up those old projects that had promise but went nowhere and do what I did. Do something you wouldn't have dreamed of doing when the manuscripts were new and perfect. Rewrite them and give them new life.

 

 

-Richard

https://createspacecommunity.s3.amazonaws.com/Resources Contributors/RidleyHeadshot_blog.jpg

Richard Ridley is an award-winning author and paid CreateSpace contributor.

You may also be interested in...

Write without Judgment

Overwriting? Just Say It!

3,515 Views 3 Comments Permalink Tags: self_publishing, author, writing, rewrite, screen_play
0

Welcome to the Weekly News Roundup - a collection of news, advice and opinions from around the virtual globe.

 

Books/Publishing

 

How to Write a Bestselling Novel - The Guardian

How to go from trying to write a novel to writing a novel.   

                           

71 Ways to Promote and Market Your Book - Your Write Platform

The key to marketing your book.      

 

Film

                                                        

20 Filmmaking Secrets Every Filmmaker Should Know - Indie Movie Making

Do you have empty space in your shot? Should you?    

                                          

How to Direct Actors and Film Crews: Detailed Tips for Independent Filmmakers - LAvideoFilmmaker.com

Go above and beyond the dialogue when directing your actors.  

                                                                                                                                              

Music

 

Self-Promote Your Music - about careers

Simple steps to promoting your own music that make the process less daunting.

 

How to Set Up a Home Recording Studio - Raw Technique Studios

A detailed video tutorial on the best way to set up your home studio.   

 

-Richard

https://createspacecommunity.s3.amazonaws.com/Resources Contributors/RidleyHeadshot_blog.jpg

Richard Ridley is an award-winning author and paid CreateSpace contributor.

 

You may also be interested in...

 

Weekly News Roundup- January 2, 2015

Weekly News Roundup- December 26, 2014

1,714 Views 0 Comments Permalink Tags: music, filmmaking, directors, writing, recording, book_promotion, directing, filmmakers, social_media, independent_film, best-seller, promote_your_book, studio.
0

I can make you more creative and insightful with one word. It's not that I'm a wizard with special powers who can open your mind. I'm not an oracle who knows all and sees all. I'm just an observant writer who has learned a thing or two over the years. When some of you hear this word, you'll balk. You'll think me mad. And perhaps I am, but once you mull it over, you'll start to understand how this word is the key to being more creative. Enough of the buildup. This incredibly powerful word is "rules."

 

I know it's kind of anticlimactic, but I promise you rules will make you more creative. Years and years ago, I was working as a writer/producer on a corporate training video. After the client read the shooting script, she had two comments. She wanted the video to be shorter, and she wanted it to include more information. In other words, she wanted two diametrically opposed changes. I grumbled and groused when I first got her notes. I thought she was asking the impossible.

 

I was wrong. What she was doing was giving me a gift. I saw the project in a whole new light, and a switch went off in my brain. Suddenly, I knew the solution to work within her rules, and we ended up with a much better end product than we would have if we had stuck to the original concept.


Give your story restrictions before you sit down to write it. Your brain will go into overdrive to find a workaround that adheres to your rules, and in turn tell a story that is clear and innovative.


 

-Richard

https://createspacecommunity.s3.amazonaws.com/Resources Contributors/RidleyHeadshot_blog.jpg

Richard Ridley is an award-winning author and paid CreateSpace contributor.

 

You may also be interested in...

 

The Pitch Test

Fix It in Rewrites

1,926 Views 0 Comments Permalink Tags: self_publishing, authors, author, writers, writing, creativity, draft, writing_process, craft, creative_writing
1

A couple of Saturdays ago, my good friends Martha and Tanya had a "stoop sale," which is what we apartment-dwelling New Yorkers call a good old-fashioned garage sale. As the three of us were discussing how much to charge for a beaded purse and why no one had yet bought the wooden elephant, a kind older gentleman strolled by. He struck up a conversation about the stack of books Martha and Tanya were selling. He said his name was Leland William Howard and explained that he'd written a memoir about the 20 years he'd spent with his beloved dog Betsy.

 

With tears of joy in his eyes, Mr. Howard told us how writing the book was purely a labor of love. He'd published it on his own and hadn't sold many copies, but that didn't matter to him. He had a story to tell, he told it, and he was extremely proud of having done so.

 

Bravo, Mr. Howard!

 

With all the focus on what to do once our books are "out there," too often we authors forget why we wanted to create a book in the first place. I've written seven novels now, but I remember the moment I finished the first one as if it were yesterday. I was overwhelmed with an incredible feeling of accomplishment, of pride, of fulfillment. And that was just the first draft! I had no idea what would come next, no clue that I would one day become a full-time author. And you know what? Since then I've have a lot of success with my writing, but none of it surpasses that initial feeling of pride, of I did it! I'm dead serious.

 

So many people want to write a book, but so few actually do. Try to remember that the next time you're feeling discouraged, OK?

 

-Maria

 

https://createspacecommunity.s3.amazonaws.com/Resources Contributors/MurnaneHeadshot.jpg

Maria Murnane is a paid CreateSpace contributor. She is the award-winning author of the romantic comedies Perfect on Paper, It's a Waverly Life, Honey on Your Mind, Chocolate for Two, Cassidy Lane, and Katwalk. She also provides consulting services on book publishing and marketing. Learn more at www.mariamurnane.com.

 

You may also be interested in:

Those Wonderful Bumps in the Road

How to Write without a Plan

4,683 Views 1 Comments Permalink Tags: self_publishing, books, author, writing
0

I don't know you, but will you review my book? Trust me; it's different than any other book you've read.

 

I know that's a strange way to start a blog post, but think about it: when we contact a reviewer online to review our books, isn't that essentially what we're saying? And it's not just a few of us contacting a reviewer hoping to get noticed. It's an overwhelming majority of us - the key word in that sentence being "overwhelming." It's just natural for reviewers to gravitate toward authors with whom they are familiar or know personally.

 

So what are those of us who aren't known by the reviewers - either personally or through one of our books - to do? Make an effort to get to know them, of course. I'm not talking about when you have a book you want reviewed. I'm talking about year-round. Most reviewers have an online presence. A large number of them maintain their own websites or blogs. Become a regular visitor to their sites. Comment on their blog posts. Be a contributor to their communities. Don't be falsely complimentary; be honest and insightful. Be charming without being condescending. Add value to their communities over and over again.

 

If you build a relationship with one reviewer, your circle of influence will grow. And you're not trying to influence them in a way that will get you a positive review. You're trying to influence them in a way that will get you noticed. If you conduct a preemptive charm offensive, you won't be a stranger when you contact them with a review request.  

 

-Richard

https://createspacecommunity.s3.amazonaws.com/Resources Contributors/RidleyHeadshot_blog.jpg

Richard Ridley is an award-winning author and paid CreateSpace contributor.

You may also be interested in...

 

Three Things to Avoid When Looking for a Review

Dos and Don'ts of Soliciting Book Reviews

1,936 Views 0 Comments Permalink Tags: self_publishing, marketing, writing, book_reviews
0

Welcome to the Weekly News Roundup - a collection of news, advice and opinions from around the virtual globe.

 

Books/Publishing

 

50 Things to Tweet When You're Stuck for Ideas - Mediabistro

For those times when you're feeling Tweet-less.   

                           

Your Book Landing Page: Can't-miss Headline Writing Secrets (and Mistakes to Avoid) - The Book Designer

How to hide a secret message in a headline on your website.      

 

Film

                                                        

How to Avoid Your Biggest Filmmaking Mistake - Filmmaking Stuff

Don't ever give up on your filmmaking dreams.    

                                          

6 Filmmaking Tips from Jean-Luc Godard - Film School Rejects

From the mind of the man who believes "cinema is truth 24 times per second."  

                                                                                                                                              

Music

 

Maximizing Musical Collaboration through Video Conferencing - Hypebot.com

How video conferencing is being used today to make better music.

 

Becoming a Successful Music Producer - MusicConsultant.com

Rey Reel discusses his journey to become a music producer.   

 

-Richard

https://createspacecommunity.s3.amazonaws.com/Resources Contributors/RidleyHeadshot_blog.jpg

Richard Ridley is an award-winning author and paid CreateSpace contributor.

 

You may also be interested in...

Weekly News Roundup- December 26, 2014

Weekly News Roundup- December 19, 2014

1,367 Views 0 Comments Permalink Tags: self_publishing, books, authors, writing, musicians
0

If I had to describe the key to succeeding in indie publishing in one word, that word would be "active." For a profession that involves a great deal of sedentary activities, those who rest on their laurels find it very difficult to sell books on a consistent basis. You have to keep moving in order to grow your author brand. Here are the three crucial areas where you should concentrate most of your activity:

 

  1. ABW - Always Be Writing: If you want to get noticed, you have to have a track record in today's publishing world. One book will most likely not help you gain widespread notoriety. You need multiple books to create an author brand that will get you noticed and bring in the sales.
  2. ABM - Always Be Marketing: You can't have books on the market today without an author platform. A platform is simply your online presence. That presence in today's digital age includes your own website/blog, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc. And this presence requires you to be present in order for it to be effective. Contribute to your online presence multiple times a day.
  3. ABI - Always Be Interacting: When you have your platform up and running, your readers are going to reach out to you. Don't ignore them. Interact with them. Let them know how appreciative you are for their support. The more you connect with them, the greater the support they'll give you.

 

The world of indie publishing is not for the lazy or unmotivated. It requires boundless energy to succeed. It requires that you be active.

 

-Richard

https://createspacecommunity.s3.amazonaws.com/Resources Contributors/RidleyHeadshot_blog.jpg

Richard Ridley is an award-winning author and paid CreateSpace contributor.

You may also be interested in...

Elements of the Author Brand
Building an Author Brand is Easy

 

6,218 Views 0 Comments Permalink Tags: self_publishing, authors, marketing, writing, branding
0

Requesting feedback is a valuable - and critical - element of the writing process. When it's positive, feedback can encourage you to keep going when you might otherwise lack momentum. On a more granular level, it can reveal what's strongest about your writing, which characters and storylines readers respond to the most, etc. All in all, it's a wonderful motivator in what can be an extremely lonely endeavor.

 

 

Negative feedback, while sometimes (or perhaps always) tough to swallow, is equally important. Constructive criticism on plot, character development, dialogue, or even grammar can alert you to weaknesses in your writing - and give you time to address them before taking your manuscript to a bigger stage.

 

However, while many people would love to help you, not everyone is cut out to criticize the work of friends or family members. So unless you're sure the person in question will be completely honest with his or her opinion, good or bad, don't go there. If a friend tells you she loves your book simply because she doesn't want to hurt your feelings, she's actually doing you a disservice. (I always tell my early readers that I'd rather hear bad news from them now than read it in a one-star review later.)

 

If you don't have access to beta readers in your personal network, check out the following:

 

Write On by Kindle: Post a few pages or an entire manuscript. I like this site because authors can ask specific questions to readers, from "Is this a good idea for a book?" to "Are there too many storylines introduced in the first chapter?"

 

Note: As of this writing, Write On requires an invitation code to join. If that's still the case, try MMURNANE.

 

Wattpad: Many writers here post their work in a serial format, which encourages readers to come back. Talk about motivation to write that next chapter!

 

SheWrites: A wonderfully supportive community of aspiring and published (traditionally and indie) female authors. (Sorry guys!)

 

The above are just a sliver of the myriad available options. The key is to find an arrangement that works for you - and embrace it.

 

 

-Maria

 

https://createspacecommunity.s3.amazonaws.com/Resources Contributors/MurnaneHeadshot.jpg

Maria Murnane is a paid CreateSpace contributor. She is the award-winning author of the romantic comedies Perfect on Paper, It's a Waverly Life, Honey on Your Mind, Chocolate for Two, Cassidy Lane, and Katwalk. She also provides consulting services on book publishing and marketing. Learn more at www.mariamurnane.com.

 

You may also be interested in:

It's Never Too Early to Get a Little Help from Your Friends

Get Reviews for Your Indie Book

1,545 Views 0 Comments Permalink Tags: self_publishing, writing, feedback, wattpad, write_on_by_kindle, shewrites
2

I will start this blog post off with a straightforward proclamation: I am not an expert in writing historical fiction. I'm working on my first nonfiction piece that involves events in Iraq and Afghanistan, but I have never tackled historical fiction. I've enjoyed many a historical novel as a reader, but I'm frankly too terrified to tackle the genre as a writer.

 

I attended a writer's workshop recently where the work was read aloud and we, as a group, gave feedback in a friendly and constructive manner. It was a blast, and I was thrilled to take part. One participant presented his historical fiction piece, and I must admit when he was done, I felt I learned something I didn't know before about the historical event in his book.

 

However, he fell into a trap I could see becoming a huge problem for scribes of historical fiction. The short piece he read was chock-full of exposition. He felt the need to place every bit of action and dialogue into historical perspective so the reader would know why the action that was happening on the page was significant. It was as if he included entire passages from history textbooks into his story. It was jolting and didn't allow the story to flow.

 

As I ponder the reading now, I know why he included those passages. He wanted the readers to know why he felt the story was so important. A story, even one based on an historical event, has to matter to the characters, not the author. Let the characters live in the now. Don't explain why they're living in the now. Just let them live the story. The facts you want to include should find their way into the story through their perspective, not the author's, and the facts should only be included if they are significant to the characters in the context of the story, not history.

 

 

-Richard

https://createspacecommunity.s3.amazonaws.com/Resources Contributors/RidleyHeadshot_blog.jpg

Richard Ridley is an award-winning author and paid CreateSpace contributor.

You may also be interested in...
Defining Characters through Action, Not Description
Rethinking History

1,659 Views 2 Comments Permalink Tags: self_publishing, authors, writing, historical_fiction, character_development
1 2 3 4 ... 43 Previous Next

Actions