The Anti-Hero We are living in a time where escaping the confines of our home is what we want to do more than anything. Netflix, Disney+, Hulu, etc. can only provide so much entertainment. The plots become predictable, the characters lose their shine…yada, yada. You know the drill. My favorite stories, both on the screen and between the pages, are the ones following the “most loved” character wrestle their moral high ground, and ultimately fail. These characters feel real. I feel like I know them, have met them in my day-to-day life. Truth is: I probably have and so have you. Instead of listing off characters you can base your own character off of, how about we talk about making your character unique to you?
BACKSTORY IS VITAL Backstory to characters who strive for the ultimate good makes sense. But what about the characters who are angry? Or who are evil? Do not forget one of the more important things in writing: evil can be created. Explore that. Whatever was done to this character can introduce so many more things about them, such as personality traits, nervous ticks, complex behaviors, and beliefs. Your reader doesn’t need to know this information right away, too. Write it out on a new document on your computer and in your notebook before you begin your tale. Uncovering the backstory as the story progresses is the best part about the antihero.
ANGRY OR NOT; THE OUTCOME OF THEIR ACTIONS ARE… Good! For them, at least. It’s a satisfaction for them to do the things they do, because they feel it’s right. They may hurt some people along the way, mentally or physically, but they have a goal in mind. This character could be ruthless. This is what sets them apart from your regular hero. It’s also what sets them apart from being a total villain. They don’t want good for everyone, they want good for them. Which, once their background seeps into the story, sympathy will be created for them by the reader (if they have heart, that is.)
REDEEMING QUALITIES BUILD SYMPATHY Okay, so what if the character in question likes to kill people. Simply because they like to do that doesn’t mean they don’t have a soft spot for Grandma or Grandpa who raised them through their chaotic upbringing. They’ll always make it home for dinner every night, so they don’t upset them. See that? That’s a redeeming quality. Piling up the negative can be emotionally exhausting. Not everyone is as terrible as that. I can think of a few, but we won’t go there. Overall, if the character has a laundry list of negative qualities and zero good ones and they still win in the end, that’s going to be one upsetting story and you’re going to have a laundry list of unhappy readers. Give them traits to make them likable. You’ll have your readers’ hearts in your hands.
YOUR ANTIHERO IS HUMAN (OR CLOSE TO IT) Point is, we are flawed. You and me. Your antihero should be too. Lean towards realism. They have their own moral code, their own inner conflict, and they will always face difficult decisions to meet their end goal. Don’t we all? That’s what makes us each unique in our own personal journey so why not give that to your antihero as well. We aren’t all terrible…right?
So, get to it! We’re done here. Nothing more, nothing less. Antiheroes are far more fun than regular heroes. It’s nice to see a good two-shoes every once in awhile, but I like characters who commit heinous acts (to a certain degree!) and have purpose to their wrongdoings. Who are some of your favorite antiheroes in the literary world? My all-time favorite will always be Dexter Morgan. Not because of Michael C. Hall’s adaptation (although, major plus, albeit), but because of Jeff Lindsay’s creation of him. A serial killer with conscience? Absolutely brilliant.
The Anti-HeroWe are living in a time where escaping the confines of our home is what we want to do more than anything. Netflix, Disney+, Hulu, etc. can only provide so much entertainment. The plots become predictable, the characters lose…
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Everyone loves a hero! You can find yours right in the comfort of your mind!
If a hero is what you are looking for, take them on a hero’s journey. Where they embark on a transformational adventure that they may not have seen coming. If you create a hero worth following, people will want to hear about it! Study your favorite heroes and follow them along on their journey. Build inspiration from them. Are they heroes that you would follow? Soon enough you will create your own!
Both equally loathed and loved, the alpha male brings forth a presence of being a beast and sexy at the same time. If you have decided you want this sort of presence in your novel, we are here to give you some of the best tips possible to make your alpha male stand out!
First things first, if you want your readers to believe it you have to believe it first! If you don’t believe it, no one will. If you feel as though your alpha keeps turning into a funny beta, don’t try and convince otherwise. Make sure that your characters truly belong and fit the theme of your novel.
An alpha has to be devilishly handsome. There’s no way around it. He can’t just be your Average Joe- he is an alpha! The cream of the crop. Highest on the ladder, if you will. Now, there is no man without his flaws, so he doesn’t have to be perfect (in fact he probably shouldn’t be), but the flaws need to pull the heroine in. Does he have a scar from his bad boy days? Is she curious about how he got that scar? And so forth. Your alpha needs to make the heroine -and your reader- weak in the knees. Have fun with it!
An alpha is still a person (duh) so try to not make him a cardboard cut out of a macho man who is nothing but an a-hole. Make his personality traits, history, and opinions shine through. Most alpha male that you read about can certainly come across in this way, but what stops him from turning into the stereotype is motivation. He needs to see something in the heroine he has never seen/felt before.
Some more core things about alphas..
Alphas are leaders/protectors, they will always take charge of the situation. They are the type of guy that will embrace the heroine in his arms and push a kiss onto her lips- they aren’t afraid to show their interest or make the first move. At times they might not be your favorite character, but they will always try and do what they think is right.
They also aren’t shy about sharing their opinions, especially when in disagreement.
At heart they are good guys, but they will never talk about their feelings.
Write the hero you want! Make him strong with at least one weakness. Make him vulnerable, or too tough to handle. The possibilities are endless! To help you with some ideas for alpha males here are some books from our very own authors! These books will definitely make you hot, hot, hot!
There is so much writing advice out there! You can read a book or articles, watch Youtube videos, or listen to podcasts! They are great for when you don’t necessarily have the ‘time’ to read. You can listen to them whenever you are available. However, some podcasts do have reading transcripts available that way you can get the best of both worlds.
If you prefer a little growl with your romance, then look no further. Experience the dark side of the moon in these shifter romance books! While animal instincts and natural raw behaviors may not be what you want in your real-life partner – doesn’t mean you can’t drool over them in a book.
Do you want to write the next hot shapeshifter romance? Harness the power of the moon and get to it! When writing in this specific category of paranormal romance here are a few guidelines to go off of:
Dive deeper into the sensory realm – readers want to embrace the wild side!
Do your research! – what paranormal animals do you want to use, and what special abilities do they have amongst others?
How will the character be different in human form? – What traits will make them stand out?
Story line, story line, story line! – It is very important to identify the origin story! How were the shifters created? Who was the first one? How do they reproduce? Etc.
Writing is work! Especially when building a complex and dynamic world. But you can do it, don’t be afraid to put your mind to the test!
The world of Christian Grey has opened and created an entire universe of billionaire hunks in the romance department (but we all know millionaire or financially stable hunks will also do the trick). If you are thinking about, or already started writing your own next billionaire must read then let’s find out how to make that happen!
The appeal is already there. A character who is highly successful, but lacks the personal life of a ‘nice guy’. Now in most cases the billionaire is male, but there’s no saying you can’t switch it up. That is a whole other door waiting to be opened!
But back to the what’s what.
There is more often than not the Cinderella story in this array of romance. The hero has financial security, and tends to offer the heroine security of some sort. That security often ranges somewhere from a business arrangement of getting down and dirty, some form of employment, or the heroine has some family member they have to save.
Now here comes the nitty gritty. We don’t want a hero that we hate from the start with too much macho. Tension between the hero and heroine is always a plus, but try and stray away from too much of one trait. While the book can be focused on the financials of the hero, money shouldn’t be the main factor for the romance. We need more! The love, passion, secrets and everything that comes with it. Handing stacks of cash up front is an easy game to play. Now throw in an exciting cover and you’re good to go!
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Great post by K.M Allan! We all know how important a book blurb is when it comes to sales. Use these tips and steps to make your next book blurb captivating!
Any writer who’s had to write a query or a synopsis for a submission knows how hard it can be. Trying to boil the essence of your carefully crafted story to a few paragraphs, or a page seems like the hardest thing ever. I’m here to tell you it’s not. And that’s because there’s a […]
Once upon a time, Ernest Hemingway said: There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed. Letting words flow onto the page/computer screen or even agonizing over the endless possibilities, “bleeding” is necessary when it comes to writing. Needless to say, writing your article, essay, or novel will always seem like it’s the end of your world. Take whatever you want from this quote, but I’m here to tell you: there may be nothing to writing but there is something to editing. You may quote me.
Since taking a dive into the rabbit hole of writing tools, I’ve come across plenty of helpful apps and websites that assist in writing itself. Getting you out of the writing rut and into the swing of things. But I’ve now found an application like no other: Hemingway App (or Editor.) It’s entirely free! Yes, free!
Hemingway App is a smart tool that calculates your flow of writing. Do you think your sentence is passive? Are you jumping around too much in your paragraph? Has your entire chapter bombed? Copy and paste the text you want Hemingway to look into and it’ll get right to work. It will highlight the bits (in an array of colors.) The colors will signify what you’ll need to specifically look at. A sidebar is on the site to serve as an overview of the colors and what to do when you revisit.
You’re also free to write in the box. Just slide the bar over from ‘Edit’ to ‘Write’ and let your creativity flow.
*Keep in mind: you don’t want to use this for your entire written work. People are great editors too.
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Writing habits are difficult to develop once you’ve gotten into the habit of doing something else. You’ll find plenty of blog posts telling you what to do or pins on Pinterest attempting to ignite your writing fire; you may browse books with daily writing prompts or tips on how to improve your skills. These options are cute and all but what about utilizing technology in your favor – particularly the notification bar on your device.
This is where Daily Page comes in.
Daily Page is a wonderful writing tool to assist you in finding your groove – your writing groove.
You’re able to set a time and receive reminders in your email to take some time to dive into writing. You can select a prompt to follow. Or if you’re feeling in a particular mood or ready to embark on one particular journey, you have the option to freewrite. You can track your writing with the writing stats Daily Page offers. It will create your Writing Score which may improve once you begin your daily habit of taking to the keyboard or notebook! There is even the option to visualize your stats. You’ll understand yourself better as a writer and develop better habits to finish your WIP (Work in Progress.)
There are writing courses offered through the subscription. Not simply for novel writing, alone, but for other types of professional writing such as screenwriting and blogging.
Get your subscription going and get your brain to concocting a new story!
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