A lot of articles and blog posts will tell you that one of the most important parts of a novel is the character motivation. In most books, the character's goals are what drives the storyline. These kinds of books are often called character-driven stories, where the main plot is a supporter of the character's development. So: how important is character motivation in a character-driven novel?
Stephen King is regarded as one of the best (possibly the best) horror writers of the current time. He's written over 60 novels and 200 short stories, spanning over multiple genres—horror, mystery, fantasy, crime, science fiction, non-fiction, etc. If you're a horror or mystery writer, here are 5 Stephen King books/short stories that you should read.
There are two general types of writers: plotters and pantsers. Of course, all writers are different, but these are the more common categories for writers.
It's November, which also means that it's the start of National Novel Writing Month! Here are a few facts about NaNoWriMo, and a few tips on how to successfully write your 50,000 word novel in a month!
Fairy tale retellings have become incredibly popular, with novels such as the Lunar Chronicles inspiring many writers to rewrite their favorite fairy tales.