All posts in category Writing & Promotion Tips

Why Backstory is Essential and How to Use it Correctly 7/21/2020

by Carmen Peone Backstory is the backbone of every character, even us. It’s God–given and shapes us into the men and women we are created to be. A character’s backstory is essential for stories that rely on empathy because compassion focuses on what the why of what happens means to the character.   Backstory is vital for tension and conflict. Without them, readers tend to close […]

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Hero, Villain, or Somewhere In-Between? 7/10/2020

by Shawn Lamb The typical writing course talks about protagonists and antagonists almost in a black-and-white contrast with very little gray areas. It is true that villains should be complex, yet the more one wants to prove a point, the more dramatic they tend to create the contrast between hero and villain. In […]

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Hooked on Beginnings 6/19/2020

by Carmen Peone Let’s face it, that first line is a bugger!   It’s the hook that grabs the reader’s attention right from the beginning and should sink a barb straight into their curiosity.   The first few lines are what will catapult readers into the story, and it’s your job to keep them turning pages. But if you can’t snatch their interest in the […]

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Story Structure 6/9/2020

by Shawn Lamb Structure is hanger upon which plot is hung.  The simplest structure is The Three-Act Method, which divides the story into three acts: beginning, middle and end.  This method of storytelling has been around since the Greeks. For centuries, verbal folktales reigned in many countries since most of the populous couldn’t read or write. However, for […]

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Two Forms of Inspiring Poetry 5/12/2020

by Carmen Peone Never in this world did I think I would love poetry.   Until God touched my heart with Haiku and Elfchen.   Elfchen is a newer form of poetry for me, but I have come to love its simplicity. It’s a place I can hone in on God’s creation and love.   In this time of fear, uncertainty, and quarantine, we can create a safe […]

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The End – Finishing A Story 5/5/2020

by Shawn Lamb For an author, typing The End brings the journey of a novel to a conclusion. Or does it? Creating a satisfying ending can be just as daunting and frustrating as crafting a good solid opening to capture attention. Do loose ends need to be tied-up, all questions answered, or leave them wanting more? The answers are as diverse […]

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Setting the Scene

by Carmen Peone You know how multifaceted writing a novel can be.   Not only do writers have to create 3-dimensional, compelling characters who pursue high-stake goals, you have to do it using enough tension and conflict to keep readers turning every page until the end.      For a full-length novel, all of that needs to be tucked into well-developed scenes that […]

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Metaphorically Speaking

by Carmen Peone Metaphors extend familiar names and pair them with new objects. In metaphor there is a transfer of meaning. The Greek word from which metaphor originates from means “to transfer.” Hence a ray of sunshine cuts despair (as though it were a knife); a woman weaves through life (as cedar bark is woven to […]

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Yippee! Another Interjection! 3/3/2020

by Carmen Peone An interjection is a word added to a sentence to convey an emotion or a sentiment such as surprise, disgust, joy, excitement, or enthusiasm.    There are two main reasons to use interjections in both fiction and non-fiction:  They are fun!  They show a character’s emotions. And emotions keeps readers turning pages.   […]

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Ten Tips to Turn Your Writing into Clear Communication 2/21/2020

by Carmen Peone I’ve come to realize writing is nothing more than clear communication whether the piece is fiction and non-fiction. While one may offer a form of entertainment, the other explains or persuades. However, to be effective both types of writing must effectively connect reader to story.   My first tip is to think reader first. Mentors like […]

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