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writing characters

Writing Characters Who Aren’t Like You

When you write a work of fiction, your characters can be anyone, from anywhere, and from any time. This is exciting creative freedom, but it can also be perilous.
develop your story

Develop Your Story By Listening To Your Cast

You can listen to your cast of characters at any stage in the writing process, but it might be especially useful near the end when most of the story is fleshed out. It can be a good check of your story logic and add a last ingenious layer of polish.
story fundamentals

Story Fundamentals Make A Story Great

Understanding your story fundamentals is key to great storytelling. How well you know your story fundamentals will be evident in every word on every page.
three-dimensional villains

Creating Three-dimensional Villains: Lessons From Buffy and Firefly

When writing your next villain, give him or her as detailed a backstory as your protagonist. TV's Buffy and Firefly provide some great examples of well-developed, three-dimensional villains to use as inspiration.
strong female character

Avoid The Cliché “Strong Female Character”

Readers love a strong female character. Just remember you can be vulnerable, unreliable, uncertain, or even physically weak and still be a strong character.
create a villain

Create a villain your readers will loathe

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

Narrative Structure, Part Two: It’s OK To Stray (or: Don’t Forget Your Cockroach Races)

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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