This looks useful! From Rhi.


Here is another spread you can use for both plot and character creation.  Please note, I found much of what I’m using here on Pinterest, and have just adapted the little note I found, which I will include at the end.

Shuffle the cards and lay them out, from left to right, in two rows of three.  Each card represents something you have to give your main characters.


No man is an island, and giving your character someone to care about serves a number of purposes.  It makes them more relatable, more likeable, and most important; it gives you as the writer, a way to raise the stakes.  This person shouldn’t just be someone your character cares about when they happen to meet over coffee; it should be someone they would sacrifice a great deal for; someone who could be threatened or kidnapped.  In…

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Consistency and Character Development: the Benefits of Checklists and Worksheets

Author Sarah Snyder

As most readers will tell you, there is something quite disturbing about a character who loves dogs one moment and is terrified of them the next, or who has pants on at the beginning of a line of dialogue but is tugging at shorts by the end. I am talking consistency; maintaining the status quo.

This is a hassle for many writers: remembering who they create, where they stand, and how they function. So, what better way to remember than to use a checklist or worksheet?

First, let’s discuss the types of characters in a novel:

While every story is unique, most follow a standard formula. In this image, we see the nine common character profiles found in the hero’s journey. Eachplays a role in the movement of the story.

Of course, there is always room for interpretation. In this second list, the nine types have shifted slightly, but the…

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How to use setting to bring your story to life

Another writer with an awesome blog – Tauri Cox. In this blog post she writes about how the setting will bring your story to life.

Tauri Cox

A few weeks ago I read and reviewed Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi’s thesauruses on negative traits, positive traits, and emotions.

Then my obsession continued to grow. So I bought their two-part thesaurus on rural and urban settings.

Setting has always been something I’ve struggled with – or even forgotten – to include.


Now each of these books contain a long list of potential settings from a country road to the back of a police car, and each lists sights, sounds, smells, tastes and textures that might be encountered.

They also include possible sources of conflict and people commonly found in each location Add a few tips from the authors and an example – you’ve got everything you need to write a strong setting for each scene.

But here’s the question: Does “where” really matter?

Keep reading for the answer…

HINT: I’t’s yes.

As a Vehicle for Conflict

“Conflict needs…

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Leaping Out of the Box

Wisdom is here.

C. D'Angelo


When have you gone beyond your comfort zone or “out of your box” in your life? Take a second to think (insert Jeopardy music). Okay, are you back? 😊 I hope you were able to think of an example, but if not, do not fear! I’m here to tell you about my author experiences lately and to hopefully encourage you to take that leap into the great beyond.

Let me clarify why I use the word leaping instead of getting out of the box or stepping out of the box. First, I use the term because getting out of the box is way too normal for me and I’m a quirky lady. LOL! But second, I think sometimes people contemplate taking a risk, possibly peek over the side of the metaphorical box, then either decide to stay or leave. Leaping means you boldly go into the wild by following your…

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The Anatomy of a SHORT Synopsis

Intense Life Coaching

After playing around on the interwebz this week I discovered a theme emerge among my writerly buds…lots of angst over the dreaded synopsis. Now, I’m not saying writing a synopsis is a piece of cake – far from it. But, there is a way to do it that s a little less painful.

The editors, agents and published authors I’ve spoken with have all said that shorter is better when it comes to the synopsis.

WHAT? SHORTER…It’s hard enough cramming the storyline of a 70 – 80K novel into a few pages single spaced. Now I need to cram it into 500 words or so. CRAZY!

True…but totally doable too.

That is, once you really KNOW the arc of your story.

That’s right, a synopsis can be an easy endeavor, relatively speaking, if you have taken the time to plot out your story arc.

For me, the easy way to…

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6 Tricks to Layer on Stakes — WRITERS HELPING WRITERS®

Stakes are what are at risk in a story. It might be that the protagonist’s life is at risk, or perhaps a romantic relationship, or maybe the opportunity to go on a long-awaited trip (Hello, Covid!). But I find this definition a little vague. So I prefer to think of stakes as potential consequences. Stakes…

6 Tricks to Layer on Stakes — WRITERS HELPING WRITERS®

The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue – V. E. Schwab

Val’s fascinating review of The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab.

Bookshelves & Teacups

Before we start this, I’m not one to care for spoilers. On the contrary, I try to gather as much info as I can before jumping into something, be it a book, a movie, a project or life in general –yes, I am a real control freak, I know–, so I don’t mind reading pieces of plot here and there in a review. Anyway, since I realize many people don’t like knowing in advance what happens, I try to hide spoilers as much as I can. Today, as the title suggest, I’m writing about The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue, written by V.E. Schwab. As always, spoilers will be hidden behind a wall of white text.

Adeline LaRue is born in a small village in France at the end of the seventeenth century, where she grows up feeling that she’s meant for more than living dying and being…

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