Writing Tips – What Would You Like to See?

suggestionsI would like to hear from you. What writing issues would you like to see me address in my Monday writing tips?

While your suggestions collect in the box, this feature will go on hiatus through the end of the year.

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  1. I would love any ideas on how to give a book length.

    I seem only capable to write short books (and there is nothing wrong with that), but if there is any tips I’d love to hear them.

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  2. I would like to see more about writing Christian fiction in particular; discernment of good and bad spirits, the relationship of prayer to meaningful writing, how to model virtue and truth in fiction, etc.

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  3. Perhaps more on character building, like heroes (MC and side characters), villains, ect.

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  4. Maybe an in-depth article on cover designs, if possible, even showing off the covers that didn’t make the cut. I’d like to know more about working with a cover designers since I might have to do that someday.

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  5. I’d love to see something on characters. How do I make my character interesting and give them real emotions? How do I make their ideas and emotions feel real? I feel like sometimes my characters float around with a smile all the time. (not that smiling is bad :D) And flaws in a character I feel like they’re either too big of a flaw so much so that the reader hates them, or the flaw is nonexistent. Where is that fine line?

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  6. I think your blog is awesome, and you’ve given us lots of good advice in the past, but I would love to see some more advice on how to plan out a story, and how to craft well done plot twists. I would also love to learn more about how to make a satisfying ending to a novel, because for the first time I’m coming close to finishing a story and I don’t know how to end it without it seeming to miss something.
    Thank you so much for having this blog in the first place!
    I agree with Lewinna…more about writing our faith into our stories realistically without it being cheesy.
    🙂

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  7. I very much appreciate you taking time out of your busy life in giving tips and advice to all of us fellow writing people. I do have to say that I would like to see more on how to put theme effectively into your book, how to develop characters so that they are deep, and how to relate to the most amount of people, especially in your main character.
    Also, ditto to Lewinna on incorporating faith and to Amy on planning out main- and sub- plots. I would definitely love to see your opinion on these aspects. 🙂

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  8. I would like a section about character/number of characters and when to add more or take them away, if possible. Also, I can’t recall if you have already, but perhaps a section on world building? Such as what aspects to include or general world building tips?

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  9. Do you have some advice or tips about the publishing process? Like how to best present a story idea to a publisher or just an individual? Have you done a post about making your character handicapped before? Otherwise, I think you’ve covered just about every other topic very well. Thanks a lot, Mr. Davis!

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  10. Hm…maybe something on writing fight/battle scenes, especially in terms of intimate POV? Introducing unique world building elements and characters without confusing the reader would be nice. One aspect that I’ve been wondering about is introducing the character’s race/species when the story is told from their perspective. One way I’ve thought of introducing a char’s species is by having them perform actions unique to their species that the reader would know about( a char combing their hair would be associated with a human, for instance) but then an action like that could be performed by several humanoid species in my stories, so…

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    • Thank you. I will consider some of these.

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    • I agree. It would be awesome to get some advice on fighting scenes and intimate POV. 🙂 I love action, but I never know if I’m going to absoluetly lose my reader…Good idea.

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      • I whole heartedly agree. I have been struggling with battle and fighting scenes. It can be very tricky to figure out how much is too much or too less when it comes to explaining your character’s style or view, because I don’t want to make people get the wrong idea and think that my character is boastful, overly skeptical, nonobservent, or completely unaware of themselves or others. And also I would like to hear your opinion on what details to add or hold back in the midst of battle, seeing as there is usually too much chaos around to take notice of it all.

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  11. Learn how to edit a rough draft to fill out characters and scenes and make the story richer. That would be great! Then I could focus on getting the story down on paper rather than getting bogged down with details during the creation.

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  12. Great! Thank you, and have a Merry Christmas!

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  13. Brian, your posts bring the craft of writing to life. I feel sure the Holy Spirit whispers to you the exact thing He wants you to share each week. Keep at it…please. 🙂 Thanks!

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  14. I know you recently finished a graphic novel version of Raising Dragons with James Ville. Do you have any advice on how to write/illustrate something like that? Thanks for all the help!

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  15. Perhaps something on letting out necessary information without being boring in the beginning? Because one of my stories starts out with the main lady going to the palace, but then I have to explain why or else people would have been really creeped out by how the princes treated her there. I tried to give as little explanation as was possible, as it was the beginning of the story, but still only one of my friends/readers has read it, and that’s the one who reads all my work. Perhaps people don’t want to read it because of this? How do I fix it without making my characters seem all too familiar with each other or even scary? I would love to know…

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