by Renea Guenther @ReneaGuenther The speed at which we introduce our characters can be crucial to whether readers will remember them or not. If we introduce too many too fast, they might not remember their names, or that they had even been mentioned. Introducing our characters at intervals helps readers remember their defining details and… Continue reading When is the Proper Time to Introduce Our Characters?
by Renea Guenther @ReneaGuenther Nobody makes it through life without touching the lives of others. While the protagonist and antagonist are the life-blood of the story, secondary characters serve their own purpose and need to be as realistic and relatable as the main characters. The easiest way to do this is to give them skills… Continue reading Using Secondary Characters to the Best of Their Abilities
by Renea Guenther @ReneaGuenther We can’t have a strong story without a strong antagonist. They are the glue that holds the story together. Without them there would be no conflict, no reason for the protagonist’s involvement. In essence, there would be no story. But to really bring our antagonist to life, we need to make… Continue reading Defining What Makes a Strong Antagonist
by Renea Guenther @ReneaGuenther It’s common for first drafts to be a mess as they’re simply meant for placing the foundations of the story and getting our ideas down. You’ll probably find your first draft falls into one of two categories: character-focused with lots of internalization and little action, or plot-focused with lots of action… Continue reading How to Force Your Protagonist to Take Charge of the Story
by Renea Guenther @ReneaGuenther A story can fall flat when your story does not have the momentum to push the reader forward page by page. A strong narrative drive directs everything in your story toward one point and keeps the plot from wandering and focused in the direction it needs to go. We grab the… Continue reading How to Strengthen Your Narrative Drive
by Renea Guenther @ReneaGuenther Your story’s ending is the final determination of whether the reader will go on to read more of your books or move on to another writer. It’s the point the readers have all been waiting for, where the core conflict ends in a final showdown between the hero and villain. It… Continue reading How to Avoid Weak Endings
by Renea Guenther @ReneaGuenther The middle of a story can be one of the hardest parts to write. It’s easy to spend most of our time perfecting the beginning and end because they are the parts that will decide whether the reader will buy our book or continue to the next one. But it’s easy… Continue reading How to Write a Strong Middle
by Renea Guenther @ReneaGuenther The inciting event is a critical part of the story. It is the defining moment where your protagonist is drawn into the core conflict. Its placement will vary depending on what genre you write and how much setup is needed beforehand, but one thing holds consistent, it always happens somewhere in… Continue reading How to Put Your Inciting Event in the Proper Location
by Renea Guenther @ReneaGuenther Beginnings need to cover a lot of material in a short space of time. We need to introduce the characters and their world, the story needs to be set up, the plot needs to be set in motion. And we only have a handful of chapters to do it. That’s a… Continue reading Does Your Novel Have a Strong Beginning?
by Renea Guenther @ReneaGuenther Your opening scene is the deciding factor in whether people read your book or not. If it doesn’t capture your reader’s attention in the first couple pages, more than likely, they’ll put your book down and go find another. With the speed of today’s world, people no longer have the time… Continue reading How to Create a Strong Opening Scene