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Does Being a Writer Hurt Your Relationships?

You look up from your computer after a productive writing session only to remember that you forgot to take your child to the dentist today. It’s also your sister’s birthday, and you meant to call her. You’ll have to deal with that later, because right now you have to scramble. Your spouse will be home any time, and it was your turn to make dinner. If only you’d remembered to thaw something, you wouldn’t have to run to the grocery store. Sound familiar? Continue Reading>>

Can’t Keep Up With Your Writing Life? Try This…

No matter what you do, you can’t seem to win. Focus on home and family and your writing doesn’t happen. Put time and energy into a writing project, and you could write absent notes to friends and family in the dust on your furniture. Working long hours to accomplish your writing goals, cook, clean, run errands, and serve your family is neither fun nor fair. There’s a better way, thankfully. Continue Reading>>

How to Manage Your Writing (Get Your Ducks in a Row)

Does trying to decide how long a book will take to write feel like shooting in the dark? Learning how to manage your writing time is vital, especially when you are dealing with traditional contracts (although it’s important for Indies, also), because how long you will need to write your book is the first question agents, editors, or potential box-set partners will want to ask you. How can you be expected to put a time frame on art? 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>>