When I do my Wrangling the Writer series, I always ask for questions from writers. “What are you struggling with?” I ask them. “What can I do to help you grow?” Some of the biggest questions fall into the marketing arena, with daily motivation and tips for where to start right behind. But, interestingly enough, I rarely get questions about what I believe is the most important part of writing fiction: Building three-dimensional characters. What I mean when I say three-dimensional is making your characters real — giving them substance, heart, flaws, growth. I mean taking this flat, easy, too-obvious […]
Writing is hard — that’s no secret. And it’s easy to make it a goal every year, but then somehow, fall behind. Here’s Kandi Steiner’s advice on how to make sure your story comes to life instead of collecting dust on the shelf.
Writing is hard. (source: Giphy) Let’s just get that out of the way, shall we? Whether you’re new to writing or you’ve been doing it for years now, that fact never changes. It’s hard to sit down, day after day or night after night, and write words that make sentences that form stories. It takes patience, research, talent, and more to make it all come to life. Ever since I started publishing in 2013, I’ve been approached by new writers asking for advice. I almost always start out by pointing them to this blog post I wrote, but ever since […]