Novels are hard, Dabble makes it fun
This post originally appeared on Medium.com.
I’m not going to lie. Writing 40,000–140,000 words or more, creating believable characters that people will care about, developing a plot that pulls readers in, all culminating in an emotional payoff at the end is no easy feat. Doing it in your spare time while maintaining a day job? Even harder.
That’s why I’m creating Dabble. A beautiful experience to help you write beautiful experiences. Dabble helps you focus, so that you can stay in-scene as you write. Dabble helps you visualize your story lines, so you can keep track of where your story is going. And Dabble helps you organize your manuscript by chapter and scene, simplifying as much as possible. So that you can craft amazing story.
Become a part of this journey with me. Help me make Dabble the greatest writing tool for novelists. Download the desktop version of Dabble at https://www.dabblewriter.com/ and write your story.
The Chosen One. It’s a trope that many people love to hate despite its pervasiveness across popular culture. If you’re unfamiliar with the Chosen One, it’s a popular trope or narrative device used across books, TV shows, and movies where a character is destined to fulfill a certain role or mission, often because they have unique abilities or traits. These traits are frequently tied to magic, meaning you’ll see this trope a lot in fantasy and other types of speculative fiction, especially those with a young adult audience.
So how do you write well then? Realistically, there are a few things universally considered “good” writing. The story should follow a logical plot where one action feeds into another. The characters should behave in ways that align with their established personalities. There should be some high points and low points and stuff in between. Generally, good writing is also well edited and follows most of the conventions for grammar and punctuation. While you can write well with typos and mistakes, you run the risk of distracting the reader to a point where that good story becomes not so good because it’s unreadable. Ultimately, the success of things like your voice and your characters are going to be up to your reader and you’ll never please everyone. But we can take some steps to ensure we please more people than not.
That’s great—our fiction should reflect the world as it is and that means including people of various ethnic backgrounds and skin tones. But the history of writing about people of color is kind of… awful and it’s important to remember that you can’t just throw in a BIPOC character without giving some serious thought to how you represent and describe that character.