5 Key Questions to Ask as You Write Your Novel

[caption id="attachment_8296" align="alignright" width="300"] Key Questions to Ask[/caption]As a professional manuscript critiquer and copyeditor, I ask a lot of questions.Sure, I also give a lot of suggestions and fix badly constructed sentences. But it’s the questions that get to the heart of the story.Asking authors questions helps them think about what they’re writing and why. ...

Character Emotion: Is It Written All Over Their Face?

[caption id="attachment_7451" align="alignright" width="300"] How to convey emotions?[/caption]The face is the first thing we notice in real life, and the focal point during any conversation.We connect to a person’s gaze, paying attention to how their eyes widen, squint, focus inward or dart. We also watch their mouth, noting lip presses, teeth flashes, frowns, smiles and pursed lips. E...

Beyond the Cliché: How to Create Characters that Fascinate

By Becca Puglisi of  The Bookshelf Muse How many characters have been created since the first story was told? Thousands? Gajillions?With so many characters floating around out there, it’s not surprising that many of them have been recycled over time: Merlin, Dumbledore, Obi-Wan Kenobi Bilbo Baggins, Han Solo, Katniss Everdeen Cinderella’s stepmother, The queen from Snow White, Malefi...