How to tell if your female character is strong

Crafting a strong female character, without her coming across as a shrew or a cartoon character, is not as easy as it sounds.I loved an article I found over at JoanneWritesBooks. Her tips were very helpful for my current, female-driven, work in progress. After reading her post, I began to think about all the strong women in my family and how they managed. Thanks, Joanne for the reminder and tips on writing strength in my characters.

What I learned about writing a strong female character…

  • Everyone has a weakness, even strong characters.
  • A strong female can have a girly side, she doesn’t have to emulate a man to be strong.
  • Like weakness, everyone struggles with something in life. Make sure you give your character something to wrestle with.
  • A woman’s quiet strength is what sustains her.
  • Don’t try for perfection. Let her fail and get back up, make mistakes and bad decisions. But also let her persevere.

There is a lot to learn, so head, click on the link from Joanne Writes Books and read the entire article. Then tell me what you think.

How to craft a strong female Character

Do you have a tip on crafting a strong female character? Do share.

Did you glean anything new from the article? Or a good reminder?

Do you think writing a strong female easy or hard? 

 

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Want to know how to shorten the road to novel publication?

Try your hand at writing Flash. 

You heard right. Writing Flash can ease the way to publication.

 

For one, writing snippets of fiction can help you finish that novel and make much-needed contacts in the industry.

 

Have you written a good flash piece? Submitted it for publication? Print or eZine? 

BECCA PUGLISI from Writers Helping Writers,  article link below, shares 5 ways writing and submitting flash fiction can shorten the road to novel publication.

My take away on the benefits of writing flash…

  • Exposes you to editors.
  • Win or lose, contacts with industry professionals is invaluable.
  • Flash comes in many forms. Fiction, non-fiction, and memoirs.
  • Writing flash is good practice.
  • A Flash story can be expanded to a full novel.

Read Becca’s entire article and get the nitty-gritty about writing Flash stories. 

What Can Flash Fiction Do For Novel Writers?

 

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How to overcome your fear

Well, it’s Halloween again and scary things are heading your way.

But do you really need to open the door to find scary things that instill fear?

No, not me. All I have to do is walk over to my desk. 

Because, if you’re a writer, you live with fear. At least I do. Fear of failure, and fear of success. Yep, that’s right. Sitting down at the keyboard is a whole other kind of fear.

 

Is it really fear of writing or is it fear of failure?

Do you suffer from Graphophobia, Scriptophobia, Achievemephobia,  Atychiphobia or some other phobia?

Oh yeah, there is a phobia for everything.

Scriptophobia, fear of writing (in public, class, etc.). I believe a writer can feel this fear because we are expecting someone, someday to read what we’ve written. ie… public.

Graphophobia, fear of handwriting. Okay, this one is a stretch for writers. But, hey you never know, so I threw it in for good measure.

Achievemephobia, fear of success. Hmm, yeah sometimes this does bother me. How would my life change if I wrote a bestselling book? I’m not a big people person, preferring the quiet of my home to a convention floor.

But first I, and maybe you must get over the biggest fear.

Achievemephobia, the fear of failure. If there is a writer anywhere in the world that hasn’t felt a fear of failure at one point in their life, I’d love to meet them.

So, according to Mark Twain, it’s okay to be afraid but not okay to let fear stop us. 

Doesn’t matter what you call it, we can overcome any fear including finishing that manuscript.

How? One word at a time.

What is your biggest fear?

What fear keeps you from writing?

What fear stops you from succeeding?

 

Want to read more about phobias, and how to overcome the fear of writing? Click links at the end of this post.

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3 Tricks to Overcome Your Fear of Writing by 

10 Ways to Harness Fear and Fuel Your Writing By:  

Writers Anxiety 

 Overcoming Fear of Failure – Facing Your Fear of Moving Forward

Fear of Writing Phobia – Graphophobia or Scriptophobia

 

 

How to avoid murdering your voice and boring the readers

Two words – Conservational writing.

Means: writing to a friend.

So how do you write like you talk without it sounding like crap? Without putting the reader to sleep?

Well, here are a few tips, hope they help.

  • Writing to a crowd can kill your voice.
    • Instead, write as if you are writing to a friend.
    • Imagine your favorite person opening and reading your book, email or text. Will they laugh, cry or close it up unfinished?
  • Conservational writing is not writing like you talk.
    • Messy first drafts are to be expected.
    • Then, edit until your writing doesn’t sound like stuffy writing but like casual conversation.
  • Don’t write to impress
    • Write to be read.
    • Use contractions.
    • Write with common words.
  • Read blogs, contemporary novels and listen to podcasts.
    • Avoid proper English books until ready to edit.
    • Read good conversational writing.
  • Write in short sentences and paragraphs.
    • This helps avoid boring the reader to death.
  • Use the active voice.
    • Avoid passive writing when possible.
  • Read your writing out loud.
    • Record yourself reading.
    • Sounds too formal, rewrite.

Hope these tips helped a little. The articles below go into more depth, be sure and click on the links to read.

Do you imagine a friend when you write?

Do you think conversational writing applies to books, stories as well as blogs?

What tip could you add?

 

15 Tips for Writing in a Conversational Tone

How To Write in a Conversational Tone – A Step-by-Step Guide

How to Write Conversational Content and Make Your Readers Deliriously Happy by 

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