I am of the opinion that skills from one discipline can be very valuable for other disciplines. For instance, knowing the basics of psychology helps with software development. I also believe there are valuable insights from software development that apply to writing. One such insight is writing smells. Continue reading “Writing smells”
One of the things I like about writing is that you have to master a number of different techniques. One of those is the Action Scene. Continue reading “The Action scene”
One of the things I do to keep writing, is set goals for my weekly writing and log how far I get. Setting goals for yourself is a good way to keep focused. You should be careful what you want to achieve, though, and not set your sights too high, otherwise it might backfire. Continue reading “Setting goals”
I finished plotting a new novel a few days ago and started writing. Given it was the Holiday season, with vacation time, New Year’s resolutions, and bad weather, maybe you decided to also write that novel? Two months from now, when two paragraphs of writing are angrily staring at you from your desk, you might wonder where it all went wrong. It used to happen to me. I have a big folder of unfinished work on my laptop. Okay… So then what? Continue reading “Writing that novel”
In a previous post, I identified broken plot and broken characters as reasons that I feel stories often fail. Last time I talked about plot, so today, I’ll talk about broken characters.
By broken characters, I mean characters that are not internally consistent. That doesn’t mean that all stories should focus on character. Read Characters & Viewpoints by Orson Scott Card for more about his famous MICE quotient.
You can have characters that do not grow or change, and do not even have a big role. However, they can still be broken, and they can still ruin a story.
By internally consistent I mean, given the situation that a character is in, and their background, they should act in a plausible way. It doesn’t mean they have to be rational, but it does mean their actions flow logically from who they are and what happens to them. For instance, if an armed police officer witnesses a crime, they will call it in, or try to stop it. Of course, the officer can cower in fear, but then you’ll have to give an explanation for this at some point in the story. Characters can be completely irrational, but you have to establish them as such. Continue reading “Broken Characters: to thine own self be true”