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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.
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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.
internal conflict

Internal Conflict And Your Characters

In dramatic writing, internal conflict is basically the darkest aspects of a character married to that individual’s greatest fears.
narrative structure

Narrative Structure, Part One: What It Is and How To Use It

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.
creating a believable character

Two Stages of Creating A Believable Character

Creating a believable character for your story begins with an initial idea, but the process of developing her into a complex, real personality will require thought and research.

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