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© Janalyn Voigt Join Live Write Breathe I'm Janalyn Voigt, an author, speaker, and former social media mentor. DawnSinger and Wayfarer, the first two books in my epic fantasy series, Tales of Faeraven, released with Pelican Book Group and will be followed by at least two more installments. I'm also working on a romantic suspense novel set in an Irish castle, but then historical fiction has a grip on me too. Being unabashedly multi-genre makes me into what some might term a reluctant rebel, but I prefer to think of myself as a storyteller.
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5 Common Writing Fears and How to Overcome Them

Writing Creativity Killers, Part 1

If you’ve been writing for any length of time, you’ve probably figured out that having a writing career is not for the faint of heart. It takes courage to bare your soul in a manuscript, only to face the possibility of rejection and criticism.  And then, there are the inner fears. What if you fail? What if you succeed? What if______. As a writer, you’re creative enough to fill in the blank. Continue Reading>>

Reactions to Conflict in Fiction

Conflict in Fiction, Making it Real Series, Part 5

Ever paint your main character into a corner? Yeah, me too. Since we are on the topic of conflict in fiction, let’s take a look at what psychologists know about how people react to conflict in real life. As we’ve done in the past several articles, we’ll apply conflict in psychology to fiction writing. I can’t promise you’ll never get stuck again, but arming yourself with information can’t hurt. Continue Reading>>

Inner Conflict in Fiction

Conflict in Fiction, Making it Real Series, Part 4

Understanding the dynamics of inner conflict in psychology can help you create believable characters who tap into emotions common to us all.  Portraying inner conflict believably in fiction requires that we understand its ways and means. In this article, we’ll cover the four models of inner conflict in psychology, with examples from my own writing.  Continue Reading>>

This post is a continuation of "Tap the Psychology of Conflict in Your Fiction," which I recommend reading first.

Tap the Psychology of Conflict in Your Fiction

Conflict in Fiction, Making it Real Series, Part 3

One of my writing retreat partners is a mental health professional with licenses that add lots of letters behind her name. While on retreat, the other writers (myself included) have been known to shamelessly pick her brain for help in developing our characters.  A keen understanding of people is a job requirement for those in the mental health field, with conflict its stock-in-trade. Drafting from psychology for your writing would seem a wise choice.  Continue Reading>>

 External and Internal Conflict in Fiction

Conflict in Fiction, Making it Real Series, Part 2

Conflict in fiction is created when the main character strives to achieve a goal that solves the story problem, only to be frustrated by obstacles.  The force introducing these obstacles can be internal or external. A battle rages between a protagonist and antagonist, arising from opposing motives that put them at cross-purposes with one another. This battleground exists inside or outside the main character’s being.  Continue Reading>>

Types of Conflict in Literature

Conflict in Fiction, Making it Real Series, Part 1

The greatest rules of dramatic writing are conflict, conflict and conflict. James Frey

Conceived in passion, labored upon with tender care, wrapped in our creativity,  fictional characters have a way of endearing themselves to their creators. We identify with their idiosyncrasies, want to be like them, fall in love with them.  They are the very fabric of daydream, fulfillment of fantasy, our ideal selves.

We hate to make them suffer. Continue Reading>>

Missing Dialogue Dysfunction (Top 10 Dialogue-Writing Mistakes)

#10 Missing Dialogue Dysfunction

Ever read a well-plotted book with engaging characters and exquisite execution that just couldn't grab you?  Something was missing that you couldn't quite identify. This frustrating scenario happens for a number of reasons, not all of them in the author's control. For our purposes here, we'll focus on one common dialogue-writing mistake … Continue Reading ››