New Year’s Resolutions For Writers

The best way any writer can improve their craft is through self-improvement. Handily enough, pursuing the craft is an excellent means of self-improvement. This goes for nearly any hobby, but writing is uniquely effective in helping us because it allows us to search ourselves and also apply self-discipline by maintaining a daily writing routine. If … Continue reading New Year’s Resolutions For Writers

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Inconspicuous Plants: Setup the Reader for a Surprise

There's nothing more disappointing for a reader than to see the surprise ending coming right from the start. The best way to prevent this is to disguise your plants when they're introduced. When you plant something that is going to be used later on, make sure it still makes sense and belongs in the present … Continue reading Inconspicuous Plants: Setup the Reader for a Surprise

Comedic Enneagram: Character Relationships in Sitcoms

Comedy is like a caricature of real life. The characters and situations are often extreme, but we still relate. That's what makes them funny. When using the Enneagram to type characters for comedy, look at the extremes of the spectrum of each type. Especially look at the flaws. We like nothing better than to watch … Continue reading Comedic Enneagram: Character Relationships in Sitcoms

Become a Plantser This NaNoWriMo! Plotting Tips for Pantsers and Pantsing Tips for Plotters

No matter which you are, Plotter or Pantser, there's something extra you can add to your noveling style. Plotting ahead of time can give your story depth and completeness by the end of the first draft and pantsing can bring in new character secrets and plot twists you never would have thought of before you … Continue reading Become a Plantser This NaNoWriMo! Plotting Tips for Pantsers and Pantsing Tips for Plotters

The Central Conflict: Plot & Character Intersect

Character structure, in my opinion, is a definite prerequisite to story structure. Story structure without character structure will only be able to map out a superficial plot without any way to explore and relate to the conflict. The protagonist needs to traverse some sort of journey of internal conflict to bring this deeper meaning to … Continue reading The Central Conflict: Plot & Character Intersect

Character Dynamics: Relationships & Conflict Explored Through the Enneagram

The Enneagram offers insights as to how these types may interact with each other with potential compatibility and conflict. (The Path Between Us is great for such examples, though only covering the range of conflict and emotion that would occur in everyday interactions). The Enneagram Institute also has pages exploring relationships between the various types. … Continue reading Character Dynamics: Relationships & Conflict Explored Through the Enneagram

Ultimate Story & Character Development with the Enneagram

When I first encountered the Enneagram, I immediately thought of character development. At the time I had been slightly disappointed with the characters I was developing with other inner conflict diagrams and character sketch methods (including my own) and I realized it was because not all the parts of my characters always matched. They needed … Continue reading Ultimate Story & Character Development with the Enneagram

Developing The Protagonist-Antagonist Relationship

Every story's plot comes down to the relationship between the protagonist and the antagonist. These two characters make the story, so whatever is tying them together in conflict has to be strong for both of them. The two must be marked by each other in some way. Even before the protagonist takes any action against … Continue reading Developing The Protagonist-Antagonist Relationship