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Positive Attributes: The Way to a Reader’s Heart

Today’s guest post is the second of two from author Becca Puglisi. With her blogging partner, Angela Ackerman, she has written three essential resource books for fiction writers that I can’t recommend enough. Last year they released The Emotion Thesaurus to great acclaim, and now they have followed through with the release of the companion books The Positive Trait Thesaurus and The Negative Trait Thesaurus. Because I feel the information they expound on in these books is so important for novelists to understand and master,  I asked Becca to share some of the material from these two new releases with the readers of Live Write Thrive. If you want to be a great novelist, you need these books and should use them extensively as a resource in your writing.

Last week, I briefly discussed the character arc and explained its basic elements. The big takeaway was that flaws play a large part in a hero’s journey because they provide her with something that must be overcome. But if you want to write a successful protagonist (or villain or support character, for that matter), positive traits are equally important, for different reasons. Continue Reading…

Getting to the Core of Character Motivation

Today’s guest post is the first of two from author Becca Puglisi. With her blogging partner, Angela Ackerman, she has written three essential resource books for fiction writers that I can’t recommend enough. Last year they released The Emotion Thesaurus to great acclaim, and now they have followed through with the release of the companion books The Positive Trait Thesaurus and The Negative Trait Thesaurus. Because I feel the information they expound on in these books is so important for novelists to understand and master,  I asked Becca to share some of the material from these two new releases with the readers of Live Write Thrive. If you want to be a great novelist, you need these books and should use them extensively as a resource in your writing.

What is it about excellent books that stick with us? Sometimes it’s a heart-wrenching scenario, like the one I recently read in Between Shades of Grey by Ruta Sepetys. It might be a really cool setting or concept like we found within Hogwarts. Honestly, that elusive quality that makes a book unforgettable is hard to define and could be any of a number of things. Continue Reading…

Advice I Wish I’d Been Given When I Started … Part 5

This continues our series asking some seasoned, experienced authors what three key bits of advice they would give new writers that they wished they’d known when they started writing. We all wish someone would give us gems of wisdom that would help us avoid wasting precious time and making serious career mistakes. So I hope hearing the advice from these various authors will help you in your writing journey!

Today’s guest post is by author Teresa Edmond:

Since I began writing at nine years old, I learned so much about the craft. At this point in my life, I wish there was some advice I know now yet had an epiphany on years ago. Nevertheless, I’m convinced of two things. One: I love the written word. Two: writing is something I’ll continue doing and studying for the rest of my days. Continue Reading…