The Positive Change Arc

Now that we are wrapping up the steps you’ll need to take when planning, crafting, and writing the beginning of your novel let’s get into the details of the positive change character arc. There is more than one type of character arc that your protagonist can follow (as in the negative change arc and the…

In Pursuit of Believing

This is something that can get tricky. If you’re writing a fantasy novel of some kind then you are probably going to have to create an ideology for a group of people, animals, or things. In my case, writing about a society of meerkats, I had to think about what these creatures believe. I asked…

Conflict In Real Life (Well, Real Enough)

What generated more conflict in “The Lion King”, Scar or Simba’s guilt? Answer: Neither. They both contribute to Simba’s overall conflict. Why? In Disney’s “The Lion King” (spoiler alert!) Simba blames himself for his fathers death, when really it was the antagonist of the movie, Simba’s uncle Scar, who was responsible. Throughout the movie Simba…

Apollo Invents Yo-Yos

Apollo was disappointed to find only Ares in the meeting hall of Olympus as he entered; his newest invention secured in his hand. Ares didn’t notice him at first, the god of war was pacing and muttering to himself. “If the Spartans attack the Athenians again then there will be another ten-year war, but if…

Apollo Invents Ice Cream (And Vampires)

Apollo brandished a clay bowl in the palm of his hand, inserting it into his twin’s face. Artemis’s silvery eyes crossed as she tried and failed to determine what inhabited the bowl. “Apollo,” she pushed the bowl away with one finger as if it was infectious, “what is that?”             Apollo lifted his prominent nose….

POV

Now, it’s time to think about the point of view (POV) that your novel will be told from. There are four POVs that your novel could be told from: first person, second person, third person limited, and third person omniscient. First person POV is when the story is told directly from the main character’s perspective…

Themes Just Happen

Next up, is identifying the theme of your novel. Most likely you’ll be able to apply a universal them to your novel, something that is a widely known and easily relatable. Examples of these themes are: coming of age, unrequited love, sacrifice, good triumphs over evil, money doesn’t equate to happiness, and so on. The…

Sensible Settings

The setting is the physical place where your story will be taking place. If you are writing about a setting that you are unfamiliar with then research it. The setting of my series is the desert. Having never been to a desert before I had to research what the Kalahari Desert is like and the…

I Like Your Tone

Tone and voice are two separate literary elements but for the purpose of saving time I’m defining and explaining both in the same post. Tone is regarded as the attitude of the writer toward a subject or audience. The manor in which the writer approaches the common theme or subject matter is the tone. Tone…

The Real Beginning

Having just wrote a prologue for the first book in The Meer series, I am writing only from personal experience. I have never stumbled across (yet) any advice for authors specifically on how to write a prologue.  That’s why I decided to write this article on prologues. If you want to include a prologue in…