Are you stuck in a creative rut? Second guessing your character’s motives, the story arch, and even the whole plot itself? Take a few minutes to watch this interview with Jennifer Brody, author of the Continuum Trilogy. She talks about voice vs. style, how to hook a reader, tension, dialog, pacing, and so much more! Jennifer speaks specifically to the YA audience, but these tips and tricks are good for every writer to know. She even quotes one of my favorite authors, Kurt Vonnegut, “Make great characters, and then make bad things happen to them.”
Whenever I get an overload of good writing advice, I think about an Annie Dillard quote I read years ago. After listing off a bunch of writing techniques, she simply says, “You need to know these things somewhere in the back of your mind, and you need to forget them and write whatever you’re going to write.” So go ahead and store up the wisdom and knowledge in this video, keep it in the back of your mind, where it will have a surprising influence on your writing, and then go ahead and write whatever you’re going to write.