Hi and welcome to this blog about the ‘Big Five’ personality traits – openness, conscientiousness, extraversion, agreeableness and neuroticism (acronym: OCEAN) – and how they can help fiction writers to create credible character arcs. This blog is background information for the WriteOnCon 2017 live session about the Big Five and Character Arc Development scheduled for 10.15 […]
She’s that girl. You knew her in high school. At least, you think you did. Maybe you believed what everyone said about her. Maybe you laughed at her, taunted her. Maybe you helped spread the rumors. Maybe you started them. Or maybe you defended her, held out your hand when nobody else would, shared secrets […]
I’ve always loved reading dual point-of-view, so it’s no surprise that I also love to write it. My upcoming debut novel, LOVE SONGS & OTHER LIES, is told in dual POV (and dual timeline, just to keep things complicated) switching between two protagonists — boy and girl — both seniors in high school, as they […]
You’ve probably heard this before: if you’ve truly mastered your craft, you can write about almost anything and make it work. Yet even the most accomplished novelists have trouble convincing their agent to champion a story that revolves around familiar tropes. Whether you’re writing in contemporary romance, epic fantasy, YA historical, or another genre, how […]
(NOTE: If you haven’t read the Harry Potter books yet, SPOILERS AHEAD.) A year or two ago I was following along with one of Summer Heacock’s fabulous live-tweets of the Harry Potter movies on Twitter. We were on Deathly Hallows 2, at that part in the heart of the forest where Harry and Voldemort face […]
Hello, WriteOnCon participants! My name is Clara Kensie, and I write dark fiction for young adults, including the super-romantic YA psychic thriller Run to You series, Deception So Deadly and Deception So Dark, and the dark, ripped-from-the-headlines YA psychological thriller Aftermath. Run to You Book One: Deception So Deadly won the prestigious 2015 RITA Award […]
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