Do You Know the Most Important Role of Your Supporting Characters?

Do You Know the Most Important Role of Your Supporting Characters?

Supporting characters are designed to move your story forward. Discover their relationship to story context and how that influences the way you write them.

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Kill the Thought Verbs! Get Readers Involved

Kill the Thought Verbs! Get Readers Involved

Verbs like "know," "remember," and "imagine" are thought verbs that happen inside a character’s head. They slow the story down. Learn how to replace them with action and detail.

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Are You Writing a Villain or an Antagonist?

Are You Writing a Villain or an Antagonist?

Know the difference between antagonist and villain. Read this article for tips on how to use them in your story to create obstacles for your protagonist and build tension for your reader.

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 Supercharge Your Author Career with a Series

Supercharge Your Author Career with a Series

Creating a series can boost your author career and simplify your novel writing. You’ll create benefits as a writer and increase your marketing power. Author Zara Altair offers tips on writing a series.

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Counseling Your Way to Great Characters

Counseling Your Way to Great Characters

Writers can learn a lot from the counseling profession that can help to create richer characters and realistic responses to conflict. On the blog, we examine the correlation between counseling and character development.

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The Nemesis: Why Every Protagonist Needs One

The Nemesis: Why Every Protagonist Needs One

Every great hero has a great nemesis. Here's how to create one.

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Anthropomorphism & Personification: What's the Difference?

Anthropomorphism & Personification: What's the Difference?

Anthropomorphism and personification both ascribe human qualities to inanimate or living things like animals or clocks. They’re used differently, however, in literature, movies, music, and other creative venues. We take a look at the differences between them.

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How to Get the Idea for Your Novel

How to Get the Idea for Your Novel

Bestselling author Louise Dean shares how to get the idea for your novel.

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Advice from Kurt Vonnegut that Every Writer Needs to Read

Advice from Kurt Vonnegut that Every Writer Needs to Read

Kurt Vonnegut, author of such classics as *Slaughterhouse Five* and *Breakfast of Champions*, stands today as one of the 20th century’s most important American writers. I can’t think of anyone better placed to give literary advice, and, thankfully, he agreed with me. These eight tips were originally written by Vonnegut to apply exclusively to writers of short stories, but I reckon they’re just as useful for writers of longer fiction.

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The Low-Down on First-Person Narrative

The Low-Down on First-Person Narrative

Are you considering first-person narrative for your next project? Go no further until you read this post!

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