Crafting Interesting Characters

What do readers want to know about the characters? 1. The basics The characters should be directly affected by the events unfolding in the story, i. e. the plot. Their demeanor, the way they dress, act, and interact with others should all stem from three places: 1. What is happening to them in the story. 2. Their personality. 3. The internal conflict and how they are going about to resolve this conflict. 2. The superficial characteristics What the character looks like should give the reader some guide as to how they present themselves to the world. It is often taken
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What Can You Do on the Indie Writer’s Network?

The Indie Writer’s Network is a fully-functional social network designed with you in mind. The first step to getting involved is to create an account. After that, here’s some things you’ll want to try out: Let people know who you are You do this by filling out your profile. There are several sections you can fill out to help others get to know you. You are welcome to fill out as much or as little of this as you like, but this does give you an opportunity to advertise your books and share a bit about yourself. How do I do this? After you
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Can Authors Get Effective Online Marketing for Free? | Phyllis Zimbler Miller

I spoke to yet another prospective book author who thought her idea for a book could be very successful. At the same time she explained that, in order to save money, she had built her professional website from a template and had only hosted blogs. Now the truth is that an author can get effective marketing online for free — if that author is willing to put in the time and effort learning as much as possible about effective websites, blogging and social media sites. Here is part of the email I wrote to this prospective book author: I was
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Why I created the Indie Writer’s Network

The Indie Writer’s Network is now in action! We’re happy to have quite a few Twitter followers already (@IndieWriteNet) and over 150 members. Many have asked about how this all came to be. Well, here’s the short version of the story: My husband, CN James, and I began writing a few years back and chose to indie publish in the summer of 2011. We quickly learned that going it alone was both wonderful and well, not so wonderful–partly because it’s so difficult to connect with other indies. While working two jobs apiece (not counting writing), as many others know, it’s
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What is Speculative Fiction?

Defining a genre often leads to muddled ramblings about what that genre should or shouldn’t be, and normally ends up leaving something important out in the process. That said, there are certain genres that are fairly clear cut. Romance, for example. If you are a romance novelist your readers expect all the joys and sorrows that come with the games of courtship and marriage. However, when it comes to other genres the definitions are unclear and confused. One genre label, which I personally subscribe to, that sadly falls into this unfortunate area of ambiguity is speculative fiction. So, and I
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Hooking Your Audience | Amy Joy

Think you have a few pages to hook your audience? Think again. Last night, I explored my childhood bookshelf at my mom’s house with my eleven-year-old niece, Lilly. Then I watched as she went through the books one by one. “How ’bout I read this story to you, Mimi?” Lilly said to me after piling up a decent-sized stack of mid-grade novels to take home. “Sure,” I answered, excited to see some of my favorite stories being reclaimed. Then I listened as Lilly struggled through the first line of one of the books. Mid-sentence, she stopped. “Uh, how about I
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Welcome to the Indie Writer’s Network

The Indie Writer’s Network is a brand new social network designed exclusively for indie and aspiring indie writers. Why another network? Other social media outlets offer the opportunity to get to know other writers on a superficial level. The Indie Writer’s Network was designed to establish friendships on a deeper level than is possible through other outlets because it’s designed just for us. What can you do on the Indie Writer’s Network? meet, friend, and chat with other writers find out who’s who and learn more about the industry join groups based on your writing interests participate in discussion forums related
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