It’s sometimes said that reading a novel is superior to watching a movie because the pictures are better. However, one of the most common complaints levelled at novice writers is that they’re spending too much time “world building” and this gets in the way of the story. So how do we reconcile these two..
The endless stream of property shows that clog up many of our TV channels constantly stress the importance of location. What’s true for houses is equally true for fiction, the setting of your book can be as much a part of its success as the plot and the characters. Read more here.
Sometimes we want our minor characters to be noticed. Perhaps they recur later in the book in which case we want them to be remembered. The best way to do this is with a defining characteristic, some small aspect of action or appearance that will ensure the reader remembers them… Read more here