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 Writing a series is a long and difficult process. There are so many things we must keep straight between each book it can be easy to get lost or frustrated. But tackling the three major problems you will run into will make the process easier. Plot It can be tempting to… Continue reading How to Overcome the Challenges of Writing a Series
by Renea Guenther @ReneaGuenther Creating a character arc on top of a plot and possibly subplots can seem like more work than is needed. But the purpose of a character arc is to help your readers form an emotional connection with the character. If your readers can’t relate to your protagonist’s struggles, they won’t care… Continue reading How to Establish a Character Arc for Your Story
by Renea Guenther @ReneaGuenther While those who follow their characters wherever they choose to go will find plenty of holes to fill during revisions, even those who outline are bound to find a plot hole or two. Once we start writing it’s easy to get caught up in the story and run with the flow… Continue reading How to Fix Your Plot Holes With 5 Easy Questions