Three Links: Characters, Scenes and Story

If there’s one thing writers like to do it’s procrastinate (or is that just me?), and what better way to assuage the guilt by spending that time reading up on ways to improve your own writing? Today’s post is the first in the Three Links series in which I will link to three articles found on the web that I think are interesting and worth reading. I hope you think so too.

In Writing Powerful Scenes: Why Choosing the Right Setting is So Important, the author argues that the where of your story is every bit as important as the who and the what of it. Think of your own current work-in-progress – can it be improved by making the setting more interesting or more meaningful?

I think we can all agree that the best stories contain memorable characters. But what makes these characters so good? In How to Create Character Motivations That Will Rivet Your Readers we learn to write multidimensional characters that will have readers coming back for more.

Finally, it’s all about the story, even if that story isn’t exactly as historically accurate as it should be, as explained in Forget the Facts, Tell a Story: Why Braveheart is a Classic Despite its Inaccuracies. Can you think of a story that got it all wrong, but was just so darn good that you didn’t care?

And that’s enough research for today! Now go put pen to paper and write your own brilliant story set in memorable locations with deeply interesting characters!

Did you find these links informative and interesting? Do you agree or disagree with the writers? Leave your thoughts in the comments below.

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