The Magic and Mystery of Character Motivation

character motivationby Christian Sexton

There are three parts to a character: a personality, a backstory, and a motivation. These three things are what create your story. 

Most important of the three is the character’s desire, or motivation. A motivation has the potential to be the backbone of the entire story, create a character arc, or add a more complex dimension to your story. 

To create amazing character motivations, here are four rules. 

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Suicidal Writers and the Promise of Immortality

My BooksAre MoreImportantWhat would you do if a writer emailed you saying they were going to commit suicide?

It happened to Cynthia McCabe, a journalist at the Washington Post.

She was in bed one night, checking her email, and read an email from a complete stranger named Dennis Williams who said that he’d published one novel that no one had read, written 8 other unpublished books, and that he was committing suicide that very night.

Why? Because Williams had said all that he had to say. Because he considered his life work to be bound up in those 8 unpublished books and one published novel, and if no one was going to listen, he would commit suicide.

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“Turn a Negative Emotion Into a Positive”: Interview with Richard Cohen

Interview with Richard CohenWith his new Random House release, “How to Write Like Tolstoy: A Journey into the Minds of Our Greatest Writers,” author Richard Cohen shines a light on history’s greatest storytellers. This spectacularly written how-to is not your average road map to becoming a pro.

Throughout the pages of this delectable dish of writing advice, Cohen delves into the creative intellect of Virginia Woolf, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Vladimir Nabokov, and the like, serving techniques like character development, voice and point of view.

Based on outstanding research and a voice you can’t shake off, reading a book about writing has never before been this thrilling. Bookfox reached out to Cohen through email, asking a few burning questions.

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5 Ways to Write a Book Outline

d e v e l o p m e n TSome writers hate outlining while others think it’s a godsend.

Which kind of writer are you? And have you tried the other side?

Those who are against outlining usually say they enjoy the discovery process they experience as the story unfolds. They learn more about their story, their characters and their own selves as a result of experiencing the world they are creating moment by moment.

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A Crash Course on Writing Dialogue Tags

Dialogue TagsOne of the hardest things about writing is nailing dialogue, and many writers mess up dialogue tags.

How do you describe with mere words the complexity of a conversation? Unlike film, in which characters’ expressions and inflections can be clearly observed, in writing, the author has to paint these scenes without using a visual image.

High school English teachers and lazy writers will tell you to primp your dialogue using a slew of adverbs, excessive italics, or obscure verbs in place of “said.” But more experienced writers know that less is always more. You can write everything necessary to vividly depict a conversation using more delicate methods.

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10 Crowdfunding Platforms for Writers

CrowdfundingforWritersWhy not get people to support you while you write your book, instead of waiting until afterwards? 

This is called crowdsourcing or crowdfunding, depending on whether you are using the crowd for money or for support. 

But how does one go about crowdsourcing? There are many ways and the steps are simple.

First, determine what kind of “crowd” is right for you. Consider your readers, Facebook friends, LinkedIn connections, or any other group who is ready to help you flesh out new creative content. For instance, if you are looking to grasp your reader’s attention, you might consider reaching out to authors and/or bloggers in your genre who would offer you insight.

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Steamy yet Sophisticated: How to Write the Perfect Kissing Scene

Kissing SceneOne of the most difficult scenes to write is a kissing scene, or really any scene when when things get hot and heavy.

Writers worry about being too obscene (will my mother read this?), or even worse, not vulgar enough (no one wants to be labeled a prude). 

Humans are private creatures when it comes to lust, and illustrating an intimate scene can still make the most seasoned writer nervous.

The perfect kissing scene is found smack dab between these two adjectives in the title — steamy and sophisticated — as it is the balance of coy and crude that can develop into a beautiful scene.

In order to craft the perfect kissing scene, it is important to look back on the work of others in order to see what works. I’m going to give you two examples and explain why both of them work.

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How to Get Your Novel Published (And Spark Bidding Wars)

How to get publishedCongratulations! You’ve put together a wonderful collection of words, and now comes the scary part: can you get it published?

Unfortunately, there’s no simple 5-step plan to publication, but there are great guidelines that I’m going to reveal to you that will help you on your way.

Pick Your Sub-Genre and List “Comps”

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20 Independent Publishers Who Won Literary Awards

The BestIndepdentPublishersMany writers, after having published a book with a big house, prefer to publish with independent publishers. You get more individualized attention with independent publishers, and you don’t get lost in a huge cog of a corporate machine.

In fact, there are actually many reasons as to why looking for an independent book publisher might be the better option. For example:

  • Potentially shorter process
  • More creative control
  • Higher Royalties

If that doesn’t convince you, here are 20 independent publishers who are very successful and won literary awards.

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23 Gold-Mine Grants for Writers

23 bestAs writers with a whopping-size project in our lap, sometimes we need to get the green before we can make the green. Only how? Let’s face it: writing may be feel absolutely liberating, but it’s not a money-making machine; most writers fulfill their dreams because they can’t think about doing anything else. The reality of filling up our piggy banks just slips into the back of our minds.

So when you find yourself weighed down by a time-consuming writing project, your passion for the written word alone might not get you off the couch. That’s when organizations throw you a lifesaver of a writing grant, so you can pursue your passion while also saving your budget.

Below are 23 great grants for writers to help you fund your writing project.

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Which Short Story Writer Are You? (A Quiz!)

 

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Don’t Write Every Day: The Benefits of Binge Writing

BingeWritinghow toby Garrett Calcaterra

1. I Don’t Write Every Day

The writing advice you most often hear is something to the effect of, “If you want to be a successful author, you need to write every day.”

I don’t.

I mean, I work as a freelance writer and editor, so yeah, I write something every day, but not my own creative work. Sometimes I’ll go as long as a couple of weeks, maybe even a month, without writing anything that’s my own.

2. When I Do Write, I Binge

The longest writing session I’ve ever had was 27 hours, but that was back when I was a good deal younger.

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14 Literary Agents Currently Seeking Clients

14 Agents (1)After years of grueling work, avoiding distractions, and breaking through writer’s block, you finished your novel. Now what?

Even though some jump straight to submitting it to publishers, for many writers, the next step is finding a literary agent. Literary agents help writers find publishers, as well as negotiate the deal and sales of the book.

But some agents who have been in the business for years get north of 10,000 queries a year, and only sign 1 or 2 clients. Those are terrible odds. You need to find a new agent who is the lookout for new writers, and this is exactly what this list gives you.

As of July 2016, all of these literary agents are seeking clients.

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20 Ways to Overcome Writer’s Block

It stares you down in the form of an empty word doc and a blinking cursor. Its existence is hotly debated. It is any storyteller’s biggest fear: the dreaded Writer’s Block.

However, have no fear! I’ve racked my brain for fail-safe strategies to conquer Writer’s Block, tactics that have put me back on track and saved my writing journey from becoming a dead-end. Take a look below.

high-grass-1504284_960_7201. Take A Walk

Not only does this get your legs moving and your lungs breathing in crisp air, but also taking walks can provide inspiration—you just need to know where to look. From mysterious initials carved into a tree trunk to a trail of candy wrappers on the sidewalk, you never know what you will find on the simplest walk.

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41 Best Literary Agents Representing YA

41 BESTWhy do so many writers thank their agents first in the acknowledgements?

Because the agent is pretty much the most important person in a writer’s life.

Countless people work behind the scenes to bring each author’s budding vision for a story to its fruition, from friends and family to the publishing house’s distribution, but none is as essential as the agent.

Since the agent literally holds the dreams of the hopeful writer in their hands, finding the right one is imperative.

Now, you could either spend hours and hours hunting down the names of your favorite author’s agents and create tables ranking them based off their sales, or you can read through the list I’ve compiled after spending many days on Google and creating multiple charts based off my results.

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The Only Character Name Generator You’ll Ever Need


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2016-07-22T22:28:28+00:00
Randall Ikegami Mary Cook K.B. Davenport

Holly S. Laine

Soul Bertrand

John Roux
2016-07-20T22:57:30+00:00
Holly S. Laine Soul Bertrand John Roux

Joshua Einstein

Emiliano Lopez

Mia Cruz
2016-07-21T08:27:35+00:00
Joshua Einstein Emiliano Lopez Mia Cruz

B.C. Macklemore

Terry Rumble

Annabelle Fury
2016-07-16T10:47:39+00:00
B.C. Macklemore Terry Rumble Annabelle Fury

Amy Poulsen

Bret Nichols

Hurt Smirnov
2016-07-20T22:55:06+00:00
Amy Poulsen Bret Nichols Hurt Smirnov

Margherita Russo

Carlotta Costa

Giovanna Mancini
2016-07-22T22:42:59+00:00
Margherita Russo Carlotta Costa Giovanna Mancini

Vikesha Kim

Hallie Mason

Paytin Edward Tate-Ramsey
2016-07-18T13:36:07+00:00
Vikesha Kim Hallie Mason Paytin Edward Tate-Ramsey

Karen Seishiro

Alice Heathcock

Matthew Armbruster
2016-07-22T22:32:43+00:00
Karen Seishiro Alice Heathcock Matthew Armbruster

Nick Fight

Fedor Savin

Misha Slutsky
2016-07-22T22:53:06+00:00
Nick Fight Fedor Savin Misha Slutsky

Tania Luce

Kelley Runyan

George Nadzam
2016-07-22T22:11:50+00:00
Tania Luce Kelley Runyan George Nadzam

Coraghessan Walsh

Victor Bologan

Ivan Korobov
2016-07-16T10:48:06+00:00
Coraghessan Walsh Victor Bologan Ivan Korobov

Alison McGyver

Walker Pheonix

Bianca Shore
2016-07-20T22:46:04+00:00
Alison McGyver Walker Pheonix Bianca Shore

Peace West

Gerald “Bull-Dog” Trench

Reni Driver
2016-07-16T10:51:30+00:00
Peace West Gerald “Bull-Dog” Trench Reni Driver

Magnus Hero

Yue Li

Viswanathan Baht
2016-07-16T10:48:26+00:00
Magnus Hero Yue Li Viswanathan Baht

Wayne Tasmajian

Eleanor Ryness

Curtis Cannon
2016-07-22T22:40:24+00:00
Wayne Tasmajian Eleanor Ryness Curtis Cannon

Phil Rosa

J.Y. Reynolds

Blake Aijian

 
2016-07-22T22:14:32+00:00
Phil Rosa J.Y. Reynolds Blake Aijian  

Paul Harikrishna

Boris Ivanov

Aponi Butterfly
2016-07-16T10:49:56+00:00
Paul Harikrishna Boris Ivanov Aponi Butterfly

Frank Ball

Paul Underdown

Morris Emms
2016-07-16T10:54:40+00:00
Frank Ball Paul Underdown Morris Emms

Emerald Axworthy

Velvet Bixby

Alex Cahill
2016-07-16T10:57:15+00:00
Emerald Axworthy Velvet Bixby Alex Cahill

Coral Anne Banks

Famela Ison

Laura Rapp Pollock
2016-07-22T22:34:50+00:00
Coral Anne Banks Famela Ison Laura Rapp Pollock

Eric Cousineau

Ginny Webb

Kat Dark

 
2016-07-22T22:31:01+00:00
Eric Cousineau Ginny Webb Kat Dark  

Captain Yunior Pevensey

Kelsey Quackenboss

Kyron Stryker
2016-07-16T10:56:18+00:00
Captain Yunior Pevensey Kelsey Quackenboss Kyron Stryker

John-Kennon Morey

Kasey Czyzniejewski

Kem Boggs
2016-07-22T22:29:22+00:00
John-Kennon Morey Kasey Czyzniejewski Kem Boggs

Vito Romano

Flavio Rizzo

Luciano Moretti
2016-07-22T22:44:59+00:00
Vito Romano Flavio Rizzo Luciano Moretti

Annelise Burt

Gabriella Marie Wolf

Saskia DiPardo
2016-07-22T22:27:34+00:00
Annelise Burt Gabriella Marie Wolf Saskia DiPardo

Hasani

Courage Ceaton

Aiyana Winters
2016-07-18T13:36:35+00:00
Hasani Courage Ceaton Aiyana Winters

Salma Fawzi

N.T. Purr

Linus Hamilton
2016-07-16T10:58:21+00:00
Salma Fawzi N.T. Purr Linus Hamilton

Iona Cooney

Eveline MacKay

Dorran MacConnell
2016-07-20T22:39:00+00:00
Iona Cooney Eveline MacKay Dorran MacConnell

Anais Lena Petit

Juliette Garcia

Mathilde Mercier
2016-07-20T23:00:22+00:00
Anais Lena Petit Juliette Garcia Mathilde Mercier

Calvin "Cal" Lugubrious

James Legendre

Swan Lacombe
2016-07-22T22:59:59+00:00
Calvin “Cal” Lugubrious James Legendre Swan Lacombe

Joaquin Gutierrez

Leonardo Medina

Bruno Fargor
2016-07-21T08:33:27+00:00
Joaquin Gutierrez Leonardo Medina Bruno Fargor

Emily Press

Jordon Sargent

Kellin Keener
2016-07-21T08:19:22+00:00
Emily Press Jordon Sargent Kellin Keener

Winston Twisselmann III

Andy Mullett

D.B. Calcaterra
2016-07-22T22:17:40+00:00
Winston Twisselmann III Andy Mullett D.B. Calcaterra

Maximilian Peppero

Quincy Lima

Adrian Rauso
2016-07-16T10:41:27+00:00
Maximilian Peppero Quincy Lima Adrian Rauso

Jean-Baptiste Merlin

Eric Mace

Colin Gay
2016-07-22T23:00:58+00:00
Jean-Baptiste Merlin Eric Mace Colin Gay

Erika Lebarge

Sarah Abdelatif

Janet Huston
2016-07-22T22:11:01+00:00
Erika Lebarge Sarah Abdelatif Janet Huston

Horace Greenlawn

Bebe "Hollywood” Sandovski

Snicker Treemount
2016-07-16T10:46:34+00:00
Horace Greenlawn Bebe “Hollywood” Sandovski Snicker Treemount

Mae “Pretty Prairie” Bae

Catherine Weston “Tall Chief”

J. Dada
2016-07-16T10:49:38+00:00
Mae “Pretty Prairie” Bae Catherine Weston “Tall Chief” J. Dada

Peilin Rea

Catherine McCreary

Haru Fujimura
2016-07-22T22:21:26+00:00
Peilin Rea Catherine McCreary Haru Fujimura


Adoption PartyHaving trouble coming up for a name for your character? Look no further! This random character name generator is just the tool you need.

A good writer knows that word choice can make or break a story, and character names are no exception. The names you choose resonate with readers on both a conscious and subconscious level. They have the power to convey meaning overtly or through hidden messages.

For instance, in The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Jekyll’s experiment unleashes his animalistic alter-ego, Hyde. Jekyll has the word “Kill” hidden inside it, and Jekyll is after Hyde’s “hide.” See? The entire story is given away in their names alone. Stevenson’s layers of meaning are a fine example of the density that can and should be packed into names.

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