There’s something about a great villain that can engage an audience, energize a book, and provide a satisfying source of conflict.

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Children’s book authors, graphic artists, and anyone looking to self publish a picture book now have the ability to do something amazing: make money.

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For laughs, scares, tears, and thrills, nothing brings out emotions and draws in your readers like the little details.

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One way to create a memorable story is to take a minute to let your characters breathe. Build a scene where you exit the narrative structure and allow your readers to bond with the characters.

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Discussions about structure tend to offer formulas, though formulas often lead to formulaic stories. But an understanding of narrative structure is important: you have to know the rules before you break them.

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You need a good straight man (or woman) to bring your comedic, heroic, or otherwise unconventional characters into sharper focus.

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