Hopefully by now, you have seen (or at least heard about) the 2018 release Spiderman: Into the Spider-Verse. Everything in this film — animation, writing, music — is completely stunning. Today I want to talk about what is possibly the most famous scene: What’s Up, Danger? Take two and a half minutes to enjoy this […]
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Since the start of my career, I’ve made a point not to read reviews, a choice mostly made for my mental health. However, by the time my fifth book came out, I realized if I wanted to get better at this writing thing, I needed to assess where I stood among my readers. To that […]
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“I couldn’t put the book down.” “A real page-turner!” “I stayed up late to find out what happened next.” Compliments like these can make an author’s day. But how can we create the kinds of stories that receive such enthusiastic reviews? One way is by maximizing suspense. In his book Conflict and Suspense, James Scott […]
Stories are, ultimately, simple things. Character, plot, world. Someone does something somewhere. But to create an engaging story that really draws in a reader, you have to dig a little deeper. CHARACTER Nearly every story starts with a character. No matter how inventive your plot or world is, no one will care if they don’t […]
We invited Amelinda Bérubé, Annie Sullivan, Christopher Healy, Diane Magras, Marissa Kennerson, Olivia Cole, Pintip Dunn, and Ryan Dalton to answer a series of questions about their experiences and opinions regarding writing villains. Each question below is followed by the participants’ answers. As you read through them, note where there are similarities and repeated beats […]
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Let me just say that I find it hilarious that I’m writing about this subject. Developing a strong character used to absolutely terrify me. It seemed horribly intimidating. I’d see picture book series and wonder how writers could come up with multiple stories for one character. I was a thirty-two-page-one-book-only kind of gal, if you […]