When a Character Turns into a Problem Child

When a character turns into a problem child, a writer wants to administer a serious time-out session. I ran into this frustration while writing my YA mystery. My main character Rae belongs to an extensive, extended family. I decided to give her father an older sister, a younger sister, and a younger brother. The dad… Continue Reading →

Hiding the Villain in a Mystery

Hiding the villain in a mystery is the toughest task when writing a story in the genre. Planting clues and red herrings effectively is hard too, but if I don’t correctly handle hiding the villain in a traditional whodunit, I’ve ruined the whole story. Do’s and Don’ts for Hiding the Villain Don’t have a very… Continue Reading →

Creating Quirks for Characters

So much work goes into creating believable characters that writers sometimes forget to have fun with the process. One way I’ve discovered to keep from letting character development to become a chore is creating quirks for characters, fun traits that make my characters seem more likable or real or relatable. I believe one of the… Continue Reading →

Introducing Characters

Introducing characters at the beginning of a story can be tricky. If not done well, it will sink your narrative before it’s had a chance to take off. Too Many Characters My mystery A Shadow on the Snow has a lot of characters. My main character Rae lives in a county not only full of… Continue Reading →

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