Roles and Writing Relationships

Relationships between characters, just like relationships with real people, are formed to meet the needs of the individuals involved. Roles define who is responsible to fill different needs. Defining and assigning these roles is an often unspoken process in...

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Starting Character Relationships

When couples first meet in stories, there are a few ways it can go. Familiar methods include “love at first sight”, “hate at first sight”, and a “meet cute”, when fate just seems to want them together. Real relationships...

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Write Better Characters Using the Love Languages

Forms of love are one thing, but how do they look in action? Without action on the part of the characters, there is no story. Many people seek self-help books for improvement in their personal lives, but the same...

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Psychology’s Love Types

While the four classical love words are effective in general cases, the field of psychology has expanded the list in some interesting ways. Studies conducted of human relationships have been boiled down to a few more specific love words....

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Classical Love Types

February and its love-rich holiday, Valentine’s Day, is a time to observe what love means. Here’s the thing: the English language epic fails at defining love! Yes, it’s a romantic notion to say “I love you”, but this means...

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Tips, Worksheets, and Writing Guides

Writing tips and how-to articles are everywhere, and here are a few that are astonishingly helpful. No one can know everything, so these references are sites with a large repository of writing advice that can be sifted through at...

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Writing the Climax

All parts of the story boil down to the single, ultimate scene: the climax. This is an intense way to put it, but the climax of a story cements the audience's opinion of the entire work. For this reason,...

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Characters: First Comes Like

Working with a character as a writer requires a deep knowledge of them, how they came to be, and awareness of both the personality quirks and experiences that affect the decisions they’ll make in the story. In the process,...

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Character: Physical Description

When describing someone in normal conversation, the first thing people point out is what they look like. Certain identifying features make it helpful, like hair or eye color, body type, height, even the clothes they wear. This is one...

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Start with Action

Introducing the main character (MC) of a story is daunting. Most writers of novels have already spent so much time in development of their character that they love them dearly, know them inside and out, and want the reader...

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