How do you have a character grow in power and/or expertise without needing to ridiculously overpower the villains?
How do you give a flawed character a growth arc without changing what originally made that character likable?
When you have a 1st person POV, how do you convey the emotional complexity of the non-POV characters?
How do you create an interesting an engaging story with a main character who is not the protagonist or hero of the story?
Is there an easy way to tell when the plot is driving the character instead of the other way around?
How do you write a character with egregiously offensive views without you, as the author, appearing to espouse or condone those views?
How do you write a character who has a belief that is different from your own?
What are some tips for writing a sympathetic antagonist?
Tor.com is continuing their reread posts for Words of Radiance. Last week, Carl Engle-Laird went on a small rant regarding the International Phonetic Alphabet and danced with beautiful con-women. This week, in Chapter 29, Alice Arneson gets in the unwholesome mind of our of favorite sleazeball, Sadeas.
My assistant Adam has updated the Twitter posts archive for February.
When Firefight came out last month I didn’t have a stop in the Chicago area, but I’ll be there tonight at Anderson’s in Naperville, before recording some Writing Excuses episodes in the next few days and doing a school visit early next week. If you’re in the area, stop by the signing, but do note Read the full article…
We at Writing Excuses are continuing February’s focus on characters in this week’s new episode, Who Are All These People?, where we explore some of the challenges involved in building a cast for your story. You need to know why you are putting your characters in your book and what the purpose each of them Read the full article…
Isaac here with the promised reminder that The Autumn Republic—the third volume of Brian McClellan’s Powder Mage Trilogy—was released this week. Those of you who enjoy Brandon’s fantasy novels will likely find a lot to sink your teeth into with Brian’s. As we’ve mentioned before, Brian was a student of Brandon’s back in the day Read the full article…
Greetings from Taiwan! I will be attending the Taipei International Book Exhibition (TIBE) this week. I’ll have more information on my exhibition schedule later this week. Watch this space for details. For those who want to attend, here’s address: Taipei World Trade Center 10F., No.180, Section 1, Keelung Road Taipei City, Taiwan 110 The Writing Read the full article…