My summer battle with the wild bunnies in our yard inspired the title for this episode, alone with too many copycat books which rely on tropes to grab readers' attention. This episode discussed what genre tropes are, writing tips on when to avoid falling into the trope trap, and how to use common tropes readers identify with for character and story development without creating a copycat story. Unfortunately, I have no useful advice for the bunnies.
The blending of fiction genres has led to a variety of paranormal subgenres, from paranormal romance to paranormal military fiction. Readers love paranormal fiction, but they expect it to be either factual or unique. Now, when talking about factual paranormal fiction, what do I mean? I mean researching the common theories, terms, mythos, and culture. Writing paranormal may sound as easy as throwing in a few ghosts or vampire. Writing paranormal that truly draw in readers takes a little more than that. Today’s podcast talks about how to research paranormal and incorporate what you learn into a convincing story that will capture reader’s attention.
This week on the podcast we're talking about how to write realistic villains that go beyond being "evil for evil's sake" as well as how to craft memorable secondary characters that do more than provide stereotypical roles.
We'll be discussing characteristics of villains, how to use "show vs tell" with your villains, not taking the easy way out with villain development, and questions you should ask your villain.
With secondary characters, we'll discuss their role, impact, and focus on the main characters and story, how they can act as mirrors without being rules by the main character, positioning your secondary characters and maintaining mystery.
Author Mohanalakshmi Rajakumar talks about writing crime, living in the Middle East, and balancing life with young children.
DelSheree Gladden is also the host of the Bestselling Reads Podcast and Mohana gave her permission for this interview to be shared on Write. Publish. Repeat Podcast as well.
You can find out more about Mohana at her website: http://www.mohadoha.com/
Find Mohana's books on her Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/Mohanalakshmi-Rajakumar/e/B002PMRI1U/
Author Emily Kimelman is joining Bestselling Reads Podcast to talk about writing multiple genres, using travel as inspiration, and increasing your writing speed.
DelSheree is also the host of the Bestselling Reads Podcast and Emily gave permission for her interview to be shared on WPR Podcast.
Find out more about Emily on her website: http://emilykimelman.com/
Check out her books on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Emily-Kimelman/e/B004YG4PPC/
Check out the Sydney Rye Kindle World: https://kindleworlds.amazon.com/world/SydneyRye
Writing characters of the opposite sex can be a challenge for both men and women. Recognizing the differences between men and women in real life can help create more distinct and engaging characters in fiction.
This episode talks about writing strong females characters without going to extremes, the difference between behaviors and character traits, writing characters as people before writing as one gender or another, not avoiding the feminine, how men differ from women in speech, thoughts, and actions, how to approach description when writing in the male point of view, the differences between stereotypes, generalizations, and reality, and when gender should and shouldn't play a part in your character's experience.
Writing dialogue comes naturally to some writers, but for others it can be a struggle to create dialogue that sounds realistic and unique to each character.
This episode of the Write. Publish. Repeat. Podcast explains why dialogue is so important and offers tips on writing strong dialogue that is unique to your character and helps move the story forward. We'll be discussing pitfalls of dialogue, "real" vs. "real sounding" dialogue, the sound of dialogue, character specific dialogue, structuring dialogue for the best impact, and technical aspects of writing dialogue.
Tips on how to create an interesting backstory for a character, how to integrate it into the story, how much backstory to reveal, and how to pace the reveal.
This episode will cover, how to get started building your character profiles, the difference between stereotypes and archetypes and how and when to use them, stages of building a character arc, how to develop and use a backstory without info dumping, how to develop faults in your characters that make them believable and relatable, using the right kind of failure, and giving your character something to love so they have something to lose.
This is the first episode in a character development series, so stop back by soon for more discussion on creating character that stand out and draw readers in, as well as a few guest authors giving their own advice.