backstory

  1. Kris

    Plot-Structure Crafting Must-Read Backstory: Write Backstory Your Readers Are Dying to Read with Kris Kennedy

    Writers love backstory! We need backstory. It’s pain and motivation and the unique angles that make our characters sing and howl at the moon. It’s the whys and hows. It explains everything. Unfortunately, it can also kill story. Backstory can be deployed. Done right, it’s a weapon in our...
  2. Deborah Bailey

    Homework Lecture 3

    Homework Even if you haven't done Monday or Wednesday's homework, no problem. :) If you want to catch up, check out the previous homework threads. Answer some or all of the questions. 1. What is your antagonist's goal? What motivates them? 2. How much are they willing to sacrifice to get...
  3. Deborah Bailey

    Lecture Lecture 3 - What does your antagonist want?

    Lecture 3 Welcome back to the class! Today's topic: Antagonists – why are they in conflict with the hero/heroine? What is the backstory? For the most part authors focus on the protagonist and what they want. After all they're the heroes/heroines of the story. However, the antagonist is just...
  4. Deborah Bailey

    Homework Lecture 2

    Homework Even if you haven't done Monday's homework, no problem. :) If you want to catch up, check out the Lecture 1 homework. Answer some or all of the questions. 1. What are the fears and insecurities of your main characters? What are the fears that they would never admit to anyone else...
  5. Deborah Bailey

    Lecture Lecture 2 - What happened in your character's past?

    Lecture 2 Welcome back to the class! Today we're going to look character backstory. What is backstory, exactly? How characters react to the events in your story is based on what happened to them in their past. Those experiences have shaped them into the people they are when your story...
  6. DiAnn Mills

    Lecture Exploring the Art of Characterization - 2 lectures

    Hi Writers! Please see attached PDF for lecture content for Exploring the Art of Characterization. Feel free to pose your thoughts and questions. Also note an additional PDF attachment is an Advanced Characterization Sketch, referenced during the lecture. Thanks! DiAnn Mills Home | DiAnn Mills |...
  7. Angela Knight

    Lecture Lesson 2: Characterization

    CHARACTERIZATION By Angela Knight I’m beginning the class with characterization because it’s really the key to grabbing the attention of readers and editors. Humans are a social lot. We care about...
  8. LC Hayden

    Lecture Character Lesson 10 Revealing the Character's Past

    Character Lesson 10 Revealing the Character's Past Lesson 2 focused on developing a character’s profile. At that time, I stressed the fact that you need to know everything about your character, from the time he was born to the current time. You should even know what will happen to him in the...
  9. LC Hayden

    Lecture Dialog: Lesson 5: Advancing the Story Using Dialog

    Dialog: Lesson 5: Advancing the Story Using Dialog Lesson 4 showed us that the dialog in our novels should be full of conflict. So let’s assume that you wrote a dialog that contains the necessary conflict, but your editor tells you that it needs to be cut. Why would that be? Because another...
  10. Nancy Brophy

    Lecture Lesson 4 - Sleeping Beauty verses Maleficent

    Lesson 5 – Sleeping Beauty/Maleficent In Sleeping Beauty – who is hero of the story? The obvious response is either Sleeping Beauty or the hero who rescues her, but in truth the story could have been renamed. How the three good fairies saved the kingdom. The story begins with an...
  11. Beth Daniels

    Craft The Newbie Guide to Writing a First Series with Beth Daniels

    When it comes to writing mysteries, there are probably far more that fall under the umbrella of being a series than there are those that are standalone titles. A series, after all, can suck readers into your fictional world and keep them coming back for more and more and more. But writing a...
  12. LC Hayden

    Craft Developing Characters with Character with L.C. Hayden

    L.C. will show you how to create characters that live in the readers’ mind long after finishing your novel. The workshop will feature how to, Create vivid minor characters Give and handle your characters’ backstory Strike an emotion between the characters and the readers Build characters your...
  13. Kris

    Craft Crafting Must-Read Backstory: Write Backstory Your Readers Are Dying to Read with Kris Kennedy

    Writers love backstory! We need backstory. It’s pain and motivation and the unique angles that make our characters sing and howl at the moon. It’s the whys and hows. It explains everything. Unfortunately, it can also kill story. Backstory can be deployed. Done right, it’s a weapon in our...