by Renea Guenther @ReneaGuenther Every voice is unique. The words we use, sentence length and structure, pacing and rhythm, tone, our use of description or lack thereof. You’ll never find two people who talk exactly the same. We all see the world in a different light, and the way we describe it to others… Continue reading How Do We Develop Our Writer’s Voice?
by Renea Guenther @ReneaGuenther POV (point of view) is one of the most important aspects of storytelling, allowing readers to experience the story differently depending on how it is told and by whom. There are three basic POVs, each with their own variations of perspective and narrative distance. First Person In this POV, there is… Continue reading Which POV Is Best for Your Story?
by Renea Guenther @ReneaGuenther As writers, we often get so caught up in making sure we have all the proper elements in place we forget who our stories are meant for—the reader. Most readers know nothing of the work that goes into building a story from the ground up. They’re merely looking for a great… Continue reading See Your Scenes Through the Eyes of the Reader
by Renea Guenther @ReneaGuenther We want to make our books impossible to put down and to do so, we need to keep our readers turning the pages, dying to know what’s going to happen next. And nothing does that better than characters in trouble with no end in sight. We want to draw on our… Continue reading Keep Readers Invested by Raising the Stakes
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,… 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