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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Outside the Relationship

Romance fiction has the honor of being one of the most character-driven genres out there. The finest examples of romance fiction, like Pride & Prejudice, Wuthering Heights, and Little Women (yes, this is romance fiction), have achieved depths beyond...

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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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Make the Impossible Real

Making a big impression on readers of fantasy and science fiction can be pretty difficult. Impossible things, new worlds, and strange events abound, and some simply don't have the impact their creators hoped they would. Thankfully, honing a few...

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Writing to Create an Emotional Impact

A story's power lies in how words evoke emotional responses in its audience. Creating an emotional impact requires a basic concept of how emotion works, and adapting basic writing skills to achieve the desired effect. The tools discussed here...

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