Starting a novel with a prologue can be very risky, so make sure you really know how to write a prologue and whether you should in fact be including one at all (take a look at our article on 5 simple signs that you shouldn’t be using a prologue at all here). The opening of… Read More How to Write a Prologue for My Novel
Character backstory is an important tool for the writer. Knowing the character inside and out will help to create 3 dimensional, convincing characters and will help to lift them off the page. If you would like to read more about why you need character backstory then you might want to check out our article here.… Read More How To Self-Edit Character Backstory
What is Character Backstory? Character backstory is an accumulation of the events and character development that chronologically precede the narrative of the novel. For the purposes of this article we are focusing on the backstory of the protagonist, however, character backstory is just as important for your whole cast. If you want to know more… Read More What is Character Backstory and Why Do You Need it in Your Novel?
When writing a flashback, the idea is to keep them to as few as possible and only include information that is essential to moving the plot forward. A flashback can have a big impact on forward momentum if not handled properly and can create distance between the reader and the characters. If you are using… Read More 4 Tips on How to Transition Into a Flashback
What is a Flashback Do you feel daunted when writing flashbacks into your novel? A flashback is a literary device that allows the writer to return to a time prior to the current narrative. It is usually used when there are vital pieces of information from a character’s past that are needed to explain something… Read More The What, When and Why of Writing Flashbacks in Your Novel
Creating tension is something writers strive for and is the difference between a pedestrian story and one that lifts off the page and into the pit of the reader’s stomach. But how do you actually go about writing more tension into your novel when you feel you haven’t quite hit the mark? What is Narrative… Read More Is Your Writing Keeping Your Readers Up At Night?