So, I figured that since on Friday I wrote a book review and on Monday I wrote a fandom-oriented DIY, then today (a Wednesday) I should write about, well, writing. And what's better in writing than good word usage, a massive vocabulary, descriptive sentences? Okay, okay, fully fleshed-out characters are more important than that. A strong plot might be as well. But, still, boring word usage can ruin it all. I mean, think, if an author only ever used the word "happy"--never "joyous", never…
How to Capture Your Character's Appearance — Well-Storied.
Writers often enjoy crafting their characters' appearances, yet just how important is appearance in the grand scheme of your story? Well, that depends. In some instances, appearance plays a large role, informing a character's struggle, defining important cultural context, lending
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by Stephanie Morrill Stephanie writes young adult contemporary novels and is the creator of GoTeenWriters.com. Her novels include The Reinvention of Skylar Hoyt series (Revell) and the Ellie Sweet books (Playlist). You can connect with her on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and check out samples of her work on her author website including the free novella, Throwing Stones. And, we're back! Hope everyone had a great last two weeks. I know some of you got to meet Jill in Kansas City (so…
How to write a book that sells: tips from a literary agent
A literary agent shares a 7 step process she uses with clients to help them write a book that sells so they can make a living from their writing!
5 Essential Lessons from The Brave
NBC recently cancelled The Brave which means, much like Haven, I was one of the few people watching it. Which is sad because it was really good. It's not on Netflix or Amazon Prime (yet – hopefully…
5 Must-Dos for Creating Believable Characters
She came to you in a dream, at the dinner table, in the shower. What did she tell you? Did she speak at all? Did her looks explain everythi...
When and How to Introduce Your Character’s Origin Story
What’s the purpose of an origin story? How do you create a unique origin story? And most importantly, will your character’s origin story be appreciated by your readers? It will be if it…
Showing and Telling in your Novel – Emalie Jacobs
One of the biggest struggles for new writers is how to show and not tell. Here is some expert advice from an experienced teller.
How to Write Chapters That Captivate Readers — Well-Storied.
So, chapters. It occurred to me the other week that I’d yet to talk about them here on Well-Storied, despite the fact that I’ve been running this show for well over two years now. How could I have skipped something so crucial to the structure of a good novel? I'll be honest. For a long time, I re
How to Write a Killer First Chapter: (AKA What Your First Chapter REALLY Needs)
What does your first chapter need? What makes a great hook? Which narrative voice should you use for your story? This and more is answered in this blog post!
Guest Post: The SECRET to Create Interesting Description
This is THE SECRET to Create Interesting Description: learn here how to describe scenes without boring your reader to death.