Some authors like to make in-depth character description sheets. Here’s how you can use them! If you need more obstacles and conflict in your story, present your characters with their disliked items. Have their hobbies and interests fail them.
We often think that adding obstacles to our stories means outside influences. Don’t forget to look inward. Inner emotional conflict is far more intriguing than stumbling blocks from enemies, the weather, or anti-heroes.
If you are participating in Nanowrimo and need some more words, try throwing a curveball into your character’s psyche.
UPDATE: I pulled the guide from smashwords because the formatting had too many errors. I am releasing it on Amazon in paperback, because it looks nice there. It’s full color, but not full 8X11. It’s a smaller size pocket guide.
Are you a writer who gives yourself excuse after excuse for not finishing that story inside you?
You are not alone.
Everyone needs handy tips. Everyone is faced with these 6 excuses at one point or another.
Break the cycle of negative self-talk with this ‘No Excuses Writing’ Guide.
I printed out a copy for myself and realized without a space to write in it, it wasn’t valuable to me.
Adding in lines to write on, guidance, and action steps, it became a more useful tool.
Write down ways to conquer your excuses following my tips, jot down notes from your muse, and more.
Using the picture book Fish is Fish by Leo Lionni I examine character arc and how it’s okay to backtrack and to allow your character to fail. I also look at character POV and using that to surprise the reader when things aren’t the way the MC imagined.
My workspace is a mess, so it’s definitely not workspace rearrangement for me!
I think my top two are waiting for inspiration and utilizing social media. I run several websites, social media accounts or pages, and pages begging for tips. Once a book is ready, I will post it on smashwords, Amazon, Goodreads, Reedsy, Bookbub, or wherever I can get reviews and make sales. Those links will get sent out to Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, Instagram, and even YouTube. Social Media is a marketing tool, but not a writing tool.
That brings me to waiting for inspiration. I really shouldn’t, and neither should you. Set yourself up for success by writing a cliffhanger into the end of your day’s work so when you come back to it the next day, you are excited to see where your characters lead you, or excited to write the next scene.
Start a series on Twitter with the hashtag of the day (there are lots of hashtag games: http://www.freewritingevents.com/daily-twitter-writing-events/ ) to choose from. Follow one and write one tweet a day. I did once and it ended up turning into a short story I’ve added into the space opera for Hawk and Young.
Again, what are the biggest time wasters for you? Leave me a comment below.