Barbara King is a first-time author of the new dark fantasy novel The Dark Gods. King is a recent college graduate from Southern New Hampshire University where she earned her BA in Creative Writing.
Research and Writing
Just because when writing your novel you're doing some creative writing, doesn't mean that you get to make up everything in your novel from imagination. Sure if it's part of your world like electricity being made from trapped fairies in lamps, but if you're not writing a fantasy novel - this is a little out of place.
The Power of Storytelling
You can't really have a story without storytelling, can you? From ancient myths to modern novels, storytelling has been a fundamental way of sharing experiences, conveying messages, and engaging audiences. It's safe to say that to tell your stories you're going to want to master the art of storytelling. Well, let's explore storytelling and see what valuable tips I have to offer you to use narrative techniques that will engage with your reader.
Writing Memorable Characters
What would a story be without its cast of characters? Pretty boring. Characters make the story, the reader goes on a journey with them through their good times and their bad, the cry with them, cheers with them, and hope that they make it out alright by the time they turn that last page.
Overcoming Writer's Block
If you ever thought there couldn't be controversial opinions in the writing circle - well look no further than writer's block. There are those that believe it is a real thing that can plague writers and leave them staring at their blank pages for days on end, and then there are those that believe writer's block is a myth made up to excuse lazy writers who don't feel like showing up to work.
Tips for Writing an Action-Adventure/Romance Novel
Develop Strong and Relatable Characters The best tip for writing a novel in any genre is going to be to make your characters relatable so that your reader becomes invested in their story. Your protagonist needs to be a believable action hero (or a reluctant one,) but needs to show that they have emotional depth and vulnerabilities that will open them up not only for your love interest but your reader as well.
Crafting a Compelling Narrative
All writers at one point in time or another started with short stories. They didn't just sit down one day and decide to write a novel and write it from bringing to end, most started long before they even knew writing was a profession with short stories.
The Writing Process
So you want to write a book, but you're not sure where to start or what steps to take to get you from that little spark of an idea you have for a book to turn it into a fully written novel. Look no further as I break it down for you in eight simple-to-follow steps. As for how long each step takes? Well, that one is up to you.
Writing Strong Titles
What's the first thing you notice about a book when you're wandering down the aisles looking for your next read? Sure it could be the flashy cover that first draws your eye, but it's the title that really decided for you if you're going to pick the book up off of the shelf and give it any consideration.
There's a good reason why romance is one of literature's most popular genres. Romance addresses the heart and permits perusers to escape into a universe of affection, enthusiasm, and joyful ever-afters. It takes more than just putting a few characters together, making them share a single bed, and hoping for the best to happen when you write a great romance novel. Your readers need to have an emotional connection with your characters and they have to actively want them (Or not) to end up together. Here are some tips and strategies to help you craft a heartwarming and swoon-worthy love story your readers will fall in love with.
Creating a Sense of Place
As a novelist, creating a believable setting is key to immersing your readers in the story you're telling. Whether you're writing historical fiction, a romance, or a sci-fi epic, the setting of your novel plays a crucial role in setting the tone and atmosphere of your work. Sure you can have an amazing sci-fi novel set in the most epic of spaceships on the galaxy's most intricate planet, but if you don't give the reader the glimpse of the setting they need, then your novel could just be set at your local hardware store and they won't know the difference. In this article, we'll discuss some tips and techniques for crafting believable settings that will bring your story to life.