Give Your Story CHARACTER: The Keys to Writing Great Characters

by Renée J. Lukas

For me, characters are the most fun part of writing. Well-developed, dynamic characters also happen to be essential to a good story. So here are some tips I’ve learned along the way to help create characters that jump off the page. Maybe some of these will spark your imagination. . .

Tip #1: […]

June 7th, 2017|Renee's World, The Writing Life|Comments Off on Give Your Story CHARACTER: The Keys to Writing Great Characters

The Perils of Writing a Sequel

by Renée J. Lukas

 

When readers love characters, they want more of them. They may wish there was a sequel. After receiving several notes about my novel, Hurricane Days, it seemed that a sequel was in order. There were comments from readers who wanted to know “What was up with Adrienne? What happened in the year […]

December 23rd, 2016|Renee's World, The Writing Life|Comments Off on The Perils of Writing a Sequel

Who Says Your Main Character Must Be Likable?

Screenwriting Tips That Work for Authors of Books

by Renée J. Lukas

In this series, I’m focusing on screenwriting tips that also work for writing novels.

Tip #3

Your protagonist doesn’t necessarily have to be likable. But it helps if she’s relatable. What? That can’t be! You’ve followed the screenwriting commandments that have been drummed into your head for […]

November 2nd, 2016|The Writing Life|Comments Off on Who Says Your Main Character Must Be Likable?

Why Stress and Anxiety are Good for Writers

Screenwriting Tips That Work for Authors of Books

by Renée J. Lukas

In this series, I’m focusing on screenwriting tips that also work for writing novels.

Tip #2

Give your protagonist obstacles. Then make it worse. Nobody wants to read a story where everyone gets along, the end. Boooring. A story depends on conflict; it can’t exist without it.

First, […]

October 19th, 2016|The Writing Life|Comments Off on Why Stress and Anxiety are Good for Writers

Boy George and Southern Girl

A few weeks ago, I saw Boy George and Culture Club in concert on a reunion tour. It was fantastic. His voice was still powerful, and he had that familiar, sassy humor that doesn’t give a crap what percentage of the audience is straight or gay. I realized the last time I saw him was 33 years […]

September 12th, 2016|The Writing Life|Comments Off on Boy George and Southern Girl

Branding Yourself as an Author: Tips for Writers of More Than One Genre

We’re in a world where it seems everyone needs to be branded and packaged to be successful. Politicians—knowing what they stand for (usually). Singers—their style of music. For example, you wouldn’t expect heavy metal from Dolly Parton. And authors—what they write. You see the name “James Patterson” on a book’s spine and you expect crime/mystery.

I […]

July 22nd, 2016|The Writing Life|0 Comments

Screenwriting Tips That Work for Authors of Books

I started out writing screenplays. When I began writing novels, I realized that many of the guidelines I’d learned in screenwriting class would serve me well, even though they’re two totally different mediums.

You have to remember that they both have one very important thing in common: a good story!

Your goal should be to get your […]

June 10th, 2016|The Writing Life|0 Comments