It’s not easy being married to a writer. We are strange creatures. Here are some useful tips on how to survive being married to a writer: 1. Accept the fact that you will spend a lot of your marriage talking about people, events and locations that don’t actually exist. 2. When your writer wakes you […]
Love this. Got me thinking about the endings for the two WIP’s I am currently working on.
The ending of a novel needs to leave the reader satisfied and should reflect the pace and tone of the rest of the story. The truth is, endings are hard. The writer must conclude all subplots and bring clarity and resolution to the conflicts the characters face.
I’m going to share six of the most effective methods for concluding your novel.
To be continued…
This method is often used to entice the reader into continuing on with a series. So that the ending creates anticipation instead of resolution. I think this works best when the overarching plot remains and the characters continue onwards with their journey, for example, a looming war.
Warning: Conclude the subplots and character journeys set out for this particular story or the reader will feel cheated.
The full circle ending.
This happens when the story ends where it started and is hinted at in…
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My efriend, Kirk Allmond, had a hilarious rundown of what NOT to say to a writer. Well, they were all true, but I still couldn’t stop laughing. Truisms like, “Leave a writer alone when they’re writing. You have no idea how difficult it is to enter the zone.”
So I decided to put together my own list of how to talk to a writer. See if you agree:
- You can’t scare me. I’m a writer.
- Patience and writing is an oxymoron
- Patience and writers aren’t friends
- Must. Remember. To. Eat.
- Some days, writing looks a lot like work.
- I successfully spelled ‘Worcestershire’ today in my book.
- There are days I wouldn’t know a good plot twist…
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This is really handy for my Steampunk Dragon Rider WIP. Thank you! Hopefully it will help others too!
This is part of the series of blog articles called “A Writer’s Guide…”, check out this article by writer Morgan Morrow on Sword Fighting.
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Some new years chuckled for you!
As we head into the holidays, have a read of these great tips to help with your writing.
I’d planned a post about self-editing. But then I thought – really, Roz? This close to the holidays, who cares?
Indeed, it’s more likely that the seasonal ding-dong is turning your routine downside up. If that’s merry and welcome, great.
But some of us (including me) get panicky about losing touch with our work.
This post is for you.
Don’t fight it
Resolve to do smaller sessions on your book. To stave off anxiety about your slower progress:
1 Figure out how much time you can regularly set aside, realistically.
2 Make a schedule.
If you do this, you’re in control. You’re making a plan you can stick to. Goodwill henceforth.
How to think small
Here are ways to think smaller while still making progress.
1 If you use wordcount targets, reduce them, obvs – then surprise yourself when your concentration lets you exceed it.
1.5 Or turn the limited…
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