Main Character Level: Expert!

Who would want to listen to a know-it-all? Even a good-tempered know-it-all gets frustrating after enduring an hour of catch-up information just to understand the joke they just made. However, experts in any field are often colorful, fascinating characters....

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10 Photography Rules that Can Transform Your Writing

Rules of one art can often be applied to others. All it takes is looking at it from a new perspective. Photography, for instance, can teach writers how to operate effectively (and creatively) within the limits of their wordy...

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Adding a New Character – Part 2

A new character has to appear in an existing work of fiction. Sometimes this is in a fan fiction, other times this is in a sequel or prequel. Other times, the thought comes to mind “this would be much better...

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Adding A New Character – Part 1

Few things throw writing into the spotlight like revision. One of the more major changes that can be made to a story is inserting a new character into an already existing story as if they had been there from...

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Kill Characters with Purpose

Google “how to kill a character”. Seriously, do it. There are dozens of links, posts, and witty little graphics showing the ways to cause death, soften the blow for readers, and create compelling death scenes. What is severely lacking...

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Tracking Multiple Characters

Characters interact. This shows the reader the story, pushes forward the plot, and crafts the conflict. Some genres, like romance fiction, center on the interaction of two or more character arcs. Other types are supported by the interaction of...

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Character Arcs and Plotting

Authors and critical readers often refer to character-driven stories as better than a plot-driven story. Each has their value, but novels, movies, and stories in general grow strong when both character arcs and plot elements work in unison. An...

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Writing Character Arcs

Characters grow as a result of what they experience. Relationships form and new ways of thinking replace old preconceptions. Themes arise that give new light to the story, allowing it to teach and demonstrate diverse perspectives to the reader....

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Write Better Romance

Writing a romance can be limited by an overwhelming focus on the fit of the two main characters. Their thoughts focus on each other, themselves, the obstacles in the way of their love. The author’s thoughts, however, have to...

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Relationship Arcs

In life, there isn't ever a happily ever after; not because there isn't happiness, but because the story never ends. When it comes to relationships, the journey is everything. This is why, 90% of the time, the story comes...

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