Reblog: Agency – What Is It and Do Your Characters Have It?


Agency – What Is It and Do Your Characters Have It?

What is “agency”?

It’s a term you may have heard before.  It means the characters make decisions that shape their environment and push the plot forward.  In essence, it’s the difference between the plot happening to the character (bad) and the character happening to the plot (good).

Ensuring your characters have agency is critical to writing compelling plots that people will want to read.  If you get it wrong, your story will end up seeming flat and lifeless – even if you have tons of exciting things happening in the background.

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A Writer's Path

What is “agency”?

It’s a term you may have heard before.  It means the characters make decisions that shape their environment and push the plot forward.  In essence, it’s the difference between the plot happening to the character (bad) and the character happening to the plot (good).

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Reblog: The NeBUloUs Topic of ARCs — the orang-utan librarian


I am obviously *not* the expert on ARCs. I only request one or two a year, despite being a virtual blogging veteran at this point 😉 So perhaps I should keep my trap shut and let other more experienced bloggers take the lead on this topic… but then when have I ever managed to do […]

The NeBUloUs Topic of ARCs — the orang-utan librarian

Reblog: Quirks & Stuff – Things to Keep in Mind while Character Building — Des M. Astor


Image by Prawny from Pixabay One of the most important things to me when it comes to writing and reading is a well-made character. As you can see from my extensive character page, I put a lot of work into backstory and appearance for mine. I have a certain brand, and I’m happy to show […]

Quirks & Stuff – Things to Keep in Mind while Character Building — Des M. Astor

Reblog: 6 Ways To Improve Your Writing — Douglas W.T. Smith


Are your sentences overly long and confusing? In this post, I’m going to share 6 ways to improve your writing. Long sentences can be dangerous. When our sentences are too long, we tend to lapse into the passive voice and we risk making tense and punctuation mistakes. Run-on sentences also distract the writer and the reader. We tend to veer off course and […]

6 Ways To Improve Your Writing — Douglas W.T. Smith

Reblog: How to Choose your Main Character


Holly Smith

Image by Dim Hou (unsplash)

As a writer, I find almost everyone I meet can become inspiration for a character in my writing which then leads to an abundance of ideas for characters. So which one do you choose as your main character for your writing?

Here are some of my tips and tricks for figuring out who your main character should be.

  1. Which Character is the most interesting to you?

Out of all your characters which one are you drawn to the most? Who seems to have the best characteristics that would inspire you to write more? I find it much easier to write a story when I actually like my main character vs writing about a character that just seems to fit the quid pro quo of this season.

2.Who are you writing for?

If you are writing for a specific genre then really take the time…

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Reblog: The three-step process for successful self-editing #amwriting


Life in the Realm of Fantasy

Last week I was asked about my self-editing/revision process. I do have a method that works for me, but it’s time-consuming. There is no magic bullet for this.

toolsIn some ways, novels are machines. Internally, each book is comprised of many essential components. If one element fails, the story won’t work the way I envision it.

So, what are these parts?

  • Characterization,
  • Dialogue,
  • Mechanics (grammar/punctuation),
  • Pacing,
  • Plot,
  • Prose,
  • Theme,
  • Transitions.

I began this journey knowing nothing about how a novel is constructed internally. I wanted to write stories, but they never came out the way I saw them in my head.

Plot-exists-to-reveal-characterSo, realizing I knew nothing was the first positive thing I did for myself. I made it my business to learn all I could, even though I will never achieve perfection.

Writing is a craft where the bar is raised with every success. Each achievement you make pushes the…

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