You’ve had your fun, and your belly is full. Now, it’s time to get back to work, or keep the momentum going from NaNoWriMo. With more holidays on the horizon, it’s easy to slip into languor and laziness. Or you could get a jumpstart on all those New Year’s resolutions now. Let’s begin with a little conflict, shall we?
- In case you didn’t get enough conflict over the dinner table this Thanksgiving, here are some tips on adding conflict to your stories and ruin all of those fictional lives.
- Is your character in conflict or in trouble? Here’s a quick lesson with an amazing image that will clear up any confusion you may have about the two.
- If your manuscript is feeling as stuffed as your gut, trim down and polish your prose using this editorial cheat sheet, including this personal pet peeve that I’m glad to see on a list: Refer to people as “who” not “that.”
- And if you still have room for more food even after the Thanksgiving feast, then indulge in these 50 Essential Novels for Foodies.
- Too much reality the past few days? Escape into one of the best science fiction and fantasy books of 2015 according to the Washington Post.