by Renea Guenther @ReneaGuenther Just as a story thrives on conflict, it also thrives on the tension created by that conflict. Tension creates a sense of unknown and leaves the readers wondering what is going to happen next. It is vital to keeping the story alive in the reader’s mind, and to do so, there… Continue reading How to Use Tension to Keep Your Readers Engaged in the Story
by Renea Guenther @ReneaGuenther Stories thrive on the conflict between the protagonist, the world, and the people in it. It’s what it’s all about, and you can’t have a story without it, or there would be nothing to hold the story together and give it purpose or to entertain our readers. Throughout the story, the… Continue reading How to Develop Your Story’s Conflict to Its Full Potential
by Renea Guenther @ReneaGuenther Whether we know it or not, the events and people around us can affect us in ways we don’t even realize, sometimes motivating actions we normally wouldn’t dream of taking. We act out in anger in the blink of an eye before we even comprehend what made us angry in the… Continue reading What Motivates Your Characters to Take Action?
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