So, you want to have an arrogant character? Well, your character has to be a sassy little sh*t, now doesn't it? The answer: Not always. Yes, your character can be sarcastic the the occasional snide and snappy remark, but not always sassy. If anything, try to have a shy arrogant character; it makes for a great plot. Also, remember this: Arrogance is where the Beautiful turn Ugly. Try to put that into a story! But, really, everything is ugly when it comes to arrogance. They ever see the bright side now do they, and when they do it's always about themselves.
Arrogant characters can also be brave and loyal characters. Yes, they think a lot about themselves (and can make great baddies!), but you read about the arrogant character that finds it in their (black and cold) heart to save someone's life; this has happened so much that readers eventually know that it's going to happen. So I suggest that you steer clear of them saving some one's life in their, but make them realize in some amazing way that they're being kind of a jackass.
I am the exact opposite of most writers, I create the title of book/poem/song/story before I write anything; this helps me understand what I am writing, and what feel I want the book to have. A title is kind of one of the most important things a book can have since it is the first thing (aside from the cover) that people see when buying a book. If the reader doesn't think the title is suitable for their reading needs, it is very slim that they will read the back over or first page.
When creating a title for your whatever, think hard about it, and if you don't like it later on you can always change it. Anyway, most of my 'title inspiration' comes from quotes or songs. What I suggest you do is look up quotes (sad quotes, happy quotes, life quotes, love quotes, etc.) or find song that goes with your book, and once you find one, take the idea of the quote/song and make it into your title. I can even be just simple song lyric or the first line in a quote, doesn't matter as long as it inspires you to write.
Titles can be about anything you want, and if you find the right title, you will be happy and the reader will want to read your book.
Music is a writer's best friend. There we go. It can inspire you to write, or can make you redirect your work. Music is the closest thing this world has to magic, basically. But what most people don't do is write with music. This means that you find a song that goes with your book (happy, sad, anything) and rewrite the lyrics of the song and into your book. Maybe you could even put the song lyrics (with mention of the artist) into the writing?! I can do wonderful things if you do that.
Here are some tips on what to do if you're writing with music:
Step 1) Get an idea about what you want to write.
Step 2) Find a song with the same idea.
Step 3) Listen to the song over, and over, until you get an idea.
Step 4) Write the best you can while listening to that song.
Step 5) Repeat.
This is what I do when I write my stories/poems. It's an effective way of getting your creativity flowing. I hope these help.
Recently, I have finished writing my first novel, (Yay!) but the thing I've realized is that just because your ending isn't as good as you wanted it to be to you, doesn't mean it won't be amazing to the reader. My ending, to me, is the most boring and cheesy ending ever; but when I read it to my friend, she thought it was amazing. Therefore, I kept the ending.
I once heard that the more you rewrite an ending, the more it seems like an ending. You DO NOT want your writing to seem like an ending, you want the reader to daydream about what happened after, or vise versa for the beginnings. An ending has to end not at a cliffhanger, but in at an ending point that gives the reader enough satisfactory to realize: 'Okay, that was the ending. Now what am I supposed to do?' and not: 'THAT'S THE ENDING! BUT THAT CAN'T BE! THERE HAS TO BE ANOTHER BOOK!' Unlike the ending to one of my favorite book series.
All in all, you want suspense, but not a total cliffhanger. This gives the reader a right and wrong feeling about finishing the book. And if you read as much as I do, you know the feeling I'm talking about.
Let's face it, you've got a headache coming on and your staring at that blank page, waiting, but nothing comes. It's final, you have writer's block. *Dun dun DUN!* Yes, this is dreaded throughout all writers, poets, and songwriters; it's horrible. But now I will share with you ways you can get rid of your writer's block.
Step 1) Have a snack: This gets your brain moving.
Step 2) Go for a walk outside: This gets your body moving.
Step 3) Dance: This let's your crazy out, giving you more creativity.
Step 4) Talk: Chat with family, friends, or even a pet, about anything.
Step 5) Force write: You can edit and smooth it out later.
After this, you writer's block should be gone for a while. Although the longest writer's block I've had was three and a half weeks, so I guess it depends on what you like to do on your free time. Me? I like to read in my free time, gets my creativity and daydreaming up a level.
Grief. One of the most important things you could ever go through. Grief is a teacher and a judge, it can test you on how long it takes until you break. Now, when writing a book, you need your grief to seem realistic. Therefore, I recommend you use the five stages of grief.
Sadness- Make your character feel instant sadness.
Denial- Make your character deny the grief and make up a substitute.
Anger- Make your character angry about what happened.
Blame- Make your character blame another character for their grief.
Acceptance- Finally, make your character realize that this grief will come and go.
Yes, you can skip a few stages, it is bend worthy, but I suggest you use at least three of the stages. Don't miss sadness as your first, and acceptance has to be your last; it lets your character grow into him/herself.
With these five stages, your grief will be complete and ready to go. Add actions, fights, and different break downs between each stage.
Let's just great straight to the point here, shall we? Plot twists can only and may only happen when a character is depressed, it's a mystery novel, or your book is moving at an intensely slow pace. These might happen all at once, but very (very) rarely does that happen to the writers we have today. Unless you're a certain vampire that sparkle and werewolves that have nothing to do with the moon fan *Cough, cough* Twilight. *Cough, cough*.
A depressed character could start off depressed, or become depressed throughout the story, it doesn't matter; they are depressed in any form. A plot twist can cause the depression, happen while the depression, or at the depression. An example of at the end, would be the depressed person's suicide, which is a Cause and Effect. The Cause: suicide. The Effect: The death which causes the end of one's life and depression.
A mystery book has to have plot twists, or it can't be a good book for the reader. Imagine if your sitting there, starting to read a mystery novel, wanting some murder and gore, but it takes most of the book to get the plot twist. How boring! YOU MUST HAVE A LOT OF PLOT TWISTS DURING A MYSTERY BOOK!!!! You won't have a good book if you don't.
An intensely slow paced book is never good. When you write a book, you want to keep the readers on their toes and leave them wanting more of what they're reading. A super fast-paced novel is never great either, unless it's a children's book; that's the only place where it can be okay. But when your writing or ages ten and over, you need it to be a good pace of having some places drag and some places being as fast as lightning. A plot twist in here can cause the reader to be on the edge of their seat and want to read more of your book. An example: Somebody finds something that they lost a very long time ago, or a long lost relative comes to visit. You at least want three to six plot twists for the average book.
This is probably the worst situation an author has to write, mostly because readers hate is that you kill off characters, but also because you become personally attached to your characters. Now, when I was younger, I thought that MCs couldn't die, but now that I've read more and have more experience with books, my faith has been shaken. Killing characters could mean one of two things: 1) There's an amazing fight scene and at least two people have to die and 2) It keeps the story going and helps the MC grow more into a character. I've killed off many characters (minor or main), and it was either really easy and I didn't think about it, or I cried for, like, two hours.
Character killing is not murder! But most readers do think it is so. Therefore I would steer clear of killing off characters if it is not necessary for the plot or main character. It can also cause your book to become boring because of lack of a character's personality or simply having an extra body for a character to rant to.
Now, for the 'How To' part. The effective way to kill off a character is to have immediate reaction from the surrounding characters. If this does not happen either you just forgot, or that death is not important to be in the plot (this happens so rarely I don't even think it's a thing). If you feel that the plot is becoming two boring, or if your writing a fight scene, throw in some D-E-A-T-H.
D- Description of how the death accrued.
E- Electrify a scene by having a dramatic response by characters.
A- An Action on how and when the death accrued during your story.
T- Trauma is a key element of death, loss and all over grief; make a character depressed if you have to.
H- Hell, make a compassionate character go completely wild after a death of another character, this builds up for a great plot and can cause amazing suspense for that character.
All in all, it can be tough to kill of a character, especially if s/he is a main character or a minor main character. Happy killing!
this is where i ramble; have fun