Setting

Creating Tension In Characters, Plot, And Setting

Creating Tension In Characters, Plot, And Setting

Tension: The Great Opposite Effect  A good plot is sustained by a single thread: tension. You can have conflicts and resolutions across the span of the story, but tension is the rope that joins it from beginning to end. One way to create tension in…

World-Building For Every Genre: The Ultimate Setting Checklist

Last week I discussed the importance of setting and what we can learn from sci-fi and fantasy writers about world-building. By following  their guidelines, we can strengthen our setting and make our worlds more complete. Here is a checklist to get you started. Below the checklist…

7 Simple Things To Remember About Setting

You have these awesome characters, a thrilling plot with an epic story goal, but where are they? You have to create a complete picture. If you don’t, you run the risk of alienating your reader. We will not believe you, because we need the backdrop.…

Write Your Novel In A Year – Week 12: Time And Place

Welcome to week 12 of Anthony Ehlers's series that aims to help you write a novel in a year. Read last week's post here. Goal setting Continue planning your scenes or chapters. Create a timeline for your story. Breaking it down Lining up time This week, as we…

Write Your Novel In A Year – Week 10: Your Next Move

 Welcome to week 10 of Anthony Ehlers's series that aims to help you write a novel in a year. Read last week's post here. Goal setting Take a moment to decide what your next step is. Continue planning the scenes, sequences, or chapters of your novel. Find the…

6 Questions Writers Must Answer In And Within A Novel

We sometimes overlook the obvious when we write. We become obsessed with sentence structure, descriptions, characterisations, world building and plotting instead of looking after the basics. What are the basics? Every good story, and this includes essays, short stories, novellas, memoirs, and novels, answers six…
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