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: 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: Writing a Novel in 3 Months – Is It Crazy?


Interesting thoughts on writing a novel in 3 months.

E.J. Robison

If you’re a writer and you don’t follow Reedsy, what are you doing?

Seriously, Reedsy is an incredible resource. It’s kind of hard to define exactly what it is because it’s pretty much everything a writer needs! Their blog talks about everything writing-related, from how to come up with a story idea to where and how to get your book published, not to mention all of the resources they provide, like worksheets and writing prompts. They even host small writing contests all the time! They also have courses you can take on writing and publishing topics. And they host live interviews on all sorts of writing things with various authors. There’s even a marketplace where writers, editors, designers, and more can offer their services and others can buy them! (I’m actually in the process of joining the marketplace as a writer, ghostwriter, and/or editor, so I’ll keep you updated…

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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: Writers. Stop Looking to Make Money from your Writing. — Barbara King: Author


The point of writing on these platforms shouldn’t be how much money you make at the end of the day. That is just the bonus. Photo by Elisa Ventur on Unsplash I recently broke myself out of the destructive habit of checking my story stats every single time I logged on to any of my writing platforms. Every […]

Writers. Stop Looking to Make Money from your Writing. — Barbara King: Author