Writer Resources

Day 27 – Making Your Protagonist Suffer

31 Days to Plan Your Novel

It’s Sunday – the day of the week when I let other bloggers do the talking for me. The main feature of the second act of your novel should be the suffering of your hero. This is the concept of two steps forward and one step back in terms of their journey towards their goal. Here is what people wiser than me have to say on the subject (some of these links talk about screenplays instead of novels, but the narrative arc we’re following is essentially the same):

Act Two: Obstacles – The Script Lab

Why Your Hero Must Suffer – Daniel Dalton

“We Love to Watch Heroes Suffer” – Crime Watch

Your Hero Must Suffer! – Write of Passage

31 Days to Plan Your Novel

Every October, hundreds of bloggers gather at The Nesting Place to write for 31 days straight on a variety of different topics, teaching and encouraging and offering tips and tricks to make life easier.

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Day 20 – Writing Resources #3

31 Days to Plan Your Novel

If you’ve been following along for a while, you know that this series is part of a challenge that a ton of other bloggers are participating in, about every topic imaginable. Today, I thought I’d share links to other bloggers writing series about writing and novel planning. Maybe they can provide you with ideas and encouragement too.

(This is in no way and exhaustive list. You can go here to see all your options.)

31 Days of Writing Creatively – Victoria’s Ramblings

31 Days to Becoming an Author – Minivans Are Hot

31 Days of Books for Writers – Next Step Editing

31 Days of NaNo Prep – Writing Hope

31 Days to Better Writing – Holly Ronquillo

31 Days to Plan Your Novel

Every October, hundreds of bloggers gather at The Nesting Place to write for 31 days straight on a variety of different topics, teaching and encouraging and offering tips and tricks to make life easier.

Day 13 – Writing Resources #2

31 Days to Plan Your Novel

Today, I’m sharing a collection of a few creative writing websites that you can use to get information about narrative elements, or just to read about the writing life.

The Write Practice – they love short stories at The Write Practice, but they also love writing prompts (and offer a free ebook on subscription on the subject) and they are really knowledgeable on building narrative and characters.

Plot to Punctuation – In addition to a blog and services, you can find a page of some great books on writer’s craft.

Novelicious – a great site for readers and writers, the blog covers a number of topics, but if you’re only interested in writing tips, they have their posts curated so you can find the topic you want to check out.

Writing is Hard Work – a nice blend of writing skills and writing life, WIHW delivers some of the most thoughtful and well-crafted posts of the bunch

Terribleminds – A writer’s blog about everything from books, to life, to publishing, but the posts on writing are great, written with the fun tone and questionable language that Chuck Wendig has become known for.

What are your favourite writing sites?

31 Days to Plan Your Novel

Every October, hundreds of bloggers gather at The Nesting Place to write for 31 days straight on a variety of different topics, teaching and encouraging and offering tips and tricks to make life easier.