Head Count

This is a very helpful post (at least to me, with only two novels under my belt, and struggling with the rewrite of the first one) about developing characters and how many to include in a novel. Reblogged from https://writenook.wordpress.com

The Write Nook

We’ve talked about killing off characters more than once on this blog…but today we’re discussing how many characters you should keep ALIVE to complete your tale.


First of all, you need yourprotagonist. Usually there is only one of these but sometimes there are more. It takes a certain type of writer to have more than one protagonist.

Character count: 1

Next up, we have the deuterangonist. Or more commonly known as the sidekick. Let the confusion start here. Limit your sidekick to a single being, or two. To this we say: have fun. They’re very important characters who need to be just as well-crafted as the protagonist. If you’re still getting the hang of writing, stick to one.

Character count: 2

The antagonist becomes our next character to focus on. Don’t be fooled though; the antagonist doesn’t always have to be another person. Your protagonist…

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Turning an Idea into a Plot

M. L., thank you so much for sharing this. I’m almost finished with the rough draft of the re-write of my first novel and am stuck on trying to tie the clues together. Whether or not this solves my problem, I know it will help with the next novel. Thanks again. Reblogged from https://uninspiredwriters.com

Uninspired Writers

Good morning writers, I hope you’ve had a great week.

I took a little time out this week, and took myself to Edinburgh for a few days. It’s an amazing city, and my aim was to spend some time alone, plotting novel 2 ahead of NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month).

Whether you’re planning to take part in NaNo or not, you may sometimes find yourself struggling to turn an idea into a full plot. I know do. So I’m going to share with you my method for turning a fledgling idea into a full story outline. (Please note, this is not a guaranteed guide, it works for me but may not work for everybody.)

Take a look at the following eight steps, to turn your novel idea into a plot:

1. Spend some quiet time thinking
The first thing I do when I have the stirrings of a new…

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Using Short Stories to Plot a Rough Draft

One of the simplest formulas I’ve ever read on plotting. This is something I can do. Ryan, thank you so much for allowing other writers/authors to share this guest post. Reblogged from https://ryanlanz.com

A Writer's Path

by Steven Capps

Let’s discuss plotting. Not the evil, “let’s take over the world” kind, though I guess that does fit. I’m talking about the events that create a story. Specifically, I’m talking about the events that create my stories and how I go about developing them.

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Murder In My Book

This is a great post about killing some of our favorite characters in order to keep with the theme of the story. It isn’t easy to kill off the characters we work so hard to create, get to know, and care about. But “we all gotta go sometime.” Reblogged from https://aurorajalexander.wordpress.com

Writer's Treasure Chest

“There are two kinds of people who sit around all day thinking about killing people…mystery writers and serial killers. I’m the kind that pays better.”

― Richard Castle ―

I’m not a mystery writer, and I keep hoping not too many of my characters in my book will end up dead. Let’s say, the one or other tragic death is barely to avoid, but I’m working on it. Now, by thinking about it: as a fantasy writer I do have the chance to kill as many of the bad guys as I want; does that count too?

Above I purposely used the term “too many of MY characters…”. When I started to write my series I knew one main character. The more I worked on this woman, and with her, the more I got a liking of her. She is someone special. At first, I didn’t know exactly where she came…

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