Jill Karlsson

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Introducing the Beta Reading Worksheet!

This past weekend, I guest blogged at Anne R. Allen’s site with a post about beta readers: where to find them and how to keep them. The guest post …

What to Ask Your Beta Reader

A beta reader is going through a completed, polished manuscript much like a random reader would do. While they may be fellow writers, there’s no rule …

Writing

How to Start Your Novel: Advice From Literary Agents

<i>This column is excerpted from Guide to Literary Agents, from Writer’s Digest Books.</i><p>No one reads more prospective novel beginnings than literary …

How to Start: When Preparation Crosses the Line Into Procrastination

<i>It can be hard to start a story. Just how do you transform an idea into words, then transform those words into a plot? Erin Rand explains how to tell</i> …

Harry Potter

How to Write a Fight Scene

From the blog of fiction writer September C. Fawkes.<p>Episode #489<p>play pause<p>Listen<p>How to Write a Fight Scene<p>Update Required To play the media you will …

Writing

50 Cliched Dialogues to Ban From Your Script

That’s a good line – Orange Is The New Black<p>Great lines can outlive a movie and transcend its story, no matter how good or bad it was. Great lines …

Getting Through Your First Draft

For those of you who don’t know, July is Camp NaNoWriMo month! Do you have a writing project you need to tackle? Do you have a novel that needs …

How to Create a Character Arc from Plot

There are lots of things that make a story good. In fact, I’m constantly overwhelmed trying to keep track of them all. But what elevates most stories …

The Hardest Part of Writing Good Character Arcs—and How You Can Make It Look Easy!

Character arcs are easy, right? Somewhere in between the beginning and the middle of the book, the character changes. What could be simpler? And yet, …

MANUS - tips till dig som vill bli författare

<b>Här är några enkla tips till dig som vill bli författare eller har ett manus du vill ha publicerat. Det är författaren Stefan Stenudd som har skrivit</b> …

Tips & Advice On Killing Main Characters

First of all, is it the right time to kill a main character?<p>It might be the right time if...<p><b>The character has reached the end of a goal you set up.</b> …

K.Ancrum — Actually The question I get the most is how I...

Actually<p>The question I get the most is how I write characters that feel like real people.<p>Generally when I’m designing a human being, I deconstruct …

Tips To Write Better & More Exciting Action & Fight Scenes

Keep a fast pace!<p>The first thing to remember is that what's going on in action and fight scenes is happening <i>fast</i>, so in most cases you'll want your …

Worldbuilding - Tips to Create Better & More Believable Fantasy & Science Fiction Species

Remember, you’re creating creatures for <i>your</i> world, not someone else’s.<p>If the first thing going through your mind is “I want it to be like X book I’ve …

Common, Yet Terrible Character Descriptors - And How To Fix Them

Here are other examples of useful statements:<p>"My character volunteers at the animal shelter."<br>• "My character is taking horseback riding lessons."<br>• "My …

RPGs

Tips & Ideas To Write More Believable Masquerades

What a Masquerade is for - and what Masquerades imply:<p>Generally, the purpose of a Masquerade is to allow readers to suspend their disbelief and …

Supernatural

Alexis Feynman's Guide To Writing Better Summaries

Type 1: The Overarching Plot<p>This is the most common archetype you're likely to see on the Internet, which is a shame, because it's also the weakest. …

Writing

Dropping In Characterization Without Dragging The Story

Let who your characters are shine through in what they say and how they act.<p>You can craft your characters' dialog and actions to say volumes about …

Creative Writing

Reasons Your Character Might Be Boring

Your character can't or won't do anything that progresses the plot.<p>Characters who have the motivation and drive to actually do things make things …

Writing Better Immortal & Long-Lived Characters

This article is written primarily for immortal and long-lived characters for whom the following is more or less true:<p>They're either modified humans …

Great Depression

Five Signs Your Character Is Fully Developed

The internet abounds with exercises to help storytellers develop their characters. Creators are told to write character back stories, establish …

Six Plot Excuses No One Wants to Hear

When storytellers are cornered by a tough plot problem, our first instinct is to ignore the problem by making our characters behave irrationally. …

Ash's Guide to RPG Personality and Background

Greetings and welcome to Ash’s Guide<br>to RPG Personality & Background<p>In my experience, what makes role playing games so fun is the role playing! Yes, …

Basic Advice For Giving Useful Feedback To Creators

Give Constructive Criticism<p>In essence, constructive criticism gives creators an idea of how to their stuff better, rather than simply tells them it's …

Core Drives: What They Are, And Why Your Characters Need Them

What a core drive is and what it does<p>In this context, a core drive is an attitude, value, or belief that drives many of a character's pivotal choices …

Creative Writing

Plot Outline Creation - 7 Methods

You’ve possibly been told many times to outline your book, but perhaps not <i>how</i> to create a plot outline. These seven ways to write a story outline …