Author Archive: Eileen Cook

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In Defense of Unlikeable Characters- Five Tips to Keep Readers Engaged

In Defense of Unlikeable Characters- Five Tips to Keep Readers Engaged

It’s a well-known writing tip- your main character should be likeable. Readers enjoy being able to identify with a character, to cheer her on toward her goal. This can be hard to do when they’re unlikable. It’s good advice. However, I keep doing the opposite- I write complicated, messy, often seriously flawed characters. Books like […]

October 3, 2017 | By | Reply More
Why Would You Do That? Understanding Motivation

Why Would You Do That? Understanding Motivation

We ask a lot of our characters. We put them in situations where they must create magic, find love, battle terrorists, win back their crowns, navigate secret space portals, solve murders, and everything else we can imagine as writers. We also ask our readers to invest their time and money on the adventures of these […]

December 5, 2016 | By | 4 Replies More
I Can’t Believe You Said That- Using Dialogue to Build Conflict

I Can’t Believe You Said That- Using Dialogue to Build Conflict

Dialogue is a critical component of your novel. It shows character, provides an opportunity to move the plot forward, and increases your pacing by breaking up large narrative blocks. This article focuses on how dialogue can also help build the conflict in your novel. All novels require conflict. Agents, editors, and readers rarely feel that […]

September 11, 2016 | By | 4 Replies More