"You can tell the deepest truths with the lies of fiction.” Isabel Allende
A Writing Tool
A great tool for finding comps or books to read is Literature Map - The Tourist Map for Literature. Type in an author name and the program shows similar authors, mapped by their closeness to the author you searched. A tool for both writing and reading, the program is also a fun rabbit-hole of knowledge and discovery.
If you are stuck or having problems with your main character, go back in time. Imagine the life of your character before the novel started. What made them become the person they are today? Think of a few scenes that influenced their pre-novel life and made them into who they are today. Write those scenes. Deepening your knowledge of your characters brings meaning to your novel and moves the story forward. By doing this, you'll be able to write forward, and chances are good that you'll pull things from this exercise into the book.
There's a Story Here: Bergen, Norway, 2018
What story would you write about this photo?
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