August 10th, 2016

Using Internal Conflict to Create Plot

Janice Hardy, @Janice_Hardy

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A lot of focus gets put on the core conflict of a novel–the main problem the protagonist has to solve to win. It’s no wonder since that’s the whole point of the book, but sometimes, when we look too hard at the […]

June 19th, 2015

How Judgmental Are Your Characters?

Janice Hardy, @Janice_Hardy

In real life, being judgmental might cause a few problems, but in fiction, it’s something every character should aspire to. How characters–especially the point of view characters–judge the world around them shows readers what that world is like and how it works (and even non-genre writers need to world build, it’s […]

March 6th, 2015

The Social Writer: Ways to Engage Without Living Online

Janice Hardy

I love the online world just as much as the next person, but writers already spend so much time alone–it’s good to get out into the sunshine once in a while. There’s a different energy you get from having a physical in-person conversation versus typing a conversation online, and that energy can be, […]

December 19th, 2014

A Fun Exercise for Getting Out of a Writing Rut

Janice Hardy

Unless you’re incredibly lucky, at some point in your writing life you’re bound to fall into a rut. The novel you loved yesterday feels flat today, all your ideas sound “meh” and nothing really excites you about your current manuscript. It happens, and scary as it can be, there are ways to knock […]

September 19th, 2014

The Benefits of Doing an Editorial Map

Janice Hardy

There’s something satisfying about finishing a first draft. The novel that’s been poking you in the brain for months is finally done and you can stand back and marvel at it like a new parent. And like a new baby, there’s an awful lot of mess to go with all that joy.

Protagonists […]