Building Great Characters: A Guide for Writers

Building Great Characters: A Guide for Writers

Character development is all about drawing readers' attention to the right details at the right time—and that's only the beginning! In this article, author Kyle Massa explains how voice, physical description, and backstory can bring your characters to life.

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5 Fun Writing Exercises to Help You Craft Amazing Characters

5 Fun Writing Exercises to Help You Craft Amazing Characters

If you're tired of generic character inventories and you need fresh ideas to create realistic, compelling characters, try these five writing exercises.

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How to Write a Pulse-Pounding Thriller

How to Write a Pulse-Pounding Thriller

How to plan a thriller novel with exciting characters and tight suspense to keep your reader on the edge of their seat.

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Creating Crime Characters: How to Craft a Cast that Thrills Your Readers

Creating Crime Characters: How to Craft a Cast that Thrills Your Readers

Introduction to creating characters for crime fiction. Best approaches for the character tropes to engage readers in your story.

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Who? What? Why? Crime Novel Ideas to Spark Your Writing Imagination

Who? What? Why? Crime Novel Ideas to Spark Your Writing Imagination

Ideas for creating a unique crime novel come from asking who, what, and why questions. This list will help spark your imagination.

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The Plot Hole Challenge: Find and Fix Them to Immerse Your Reader

The Plot Hole Challenge: Find and Fix Them to Immerse Your Reader

How to recognize plot holes in your novel and top tips for fixing them. Master these skills to give your reader an immersive experience.

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Fantasy Writer's Week at ProWritingAid

Fantasy Writer's Week at ProWritingAid

Want to start writing fantasy? Wondering what the main elements of a great fantasy novel are and how to use them? We've got you covered. ProWritingAid are incredibly excited to announce Fantasy Writer's Week, a week-long series of events all geared towards fantasy writers and world-builders.

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How to Craft Realistic, Relatable Fantasy Characters

How to Craft Realistic, Relatable Fantasy Characters

Even if your fantasy character has magical powers and pointy ears, readers want to believe your character is real. Here are the four things you need to know to craft realistic, relatable fantasy characters.

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Missed A Session At Fantasy Writer's Week? Find All Event Replays Here

Missed A Session At Fantasy Writer's Week? Find All Event Replays Here

Find all the session replays for Fantasy Writer's week here.

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How to Write from a Child's Point of View

How to Write from a Child's Point of View

Capturing the voice of a child is challenging in fiction writing. Use these simple tips and techniques to help you write convincingly from a child's perspective.

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Creating an Anti-Hero Like Homer Simpson

Creating an Anti-Hero Like Homer Simpson

Homer Simpson has only one focus in this world: himself. He has some pretty unlikable characteristics, I'm sure everyone can agree. Why do we love to hate Homer and hate to love him so much? Because he's a well-done anti-hero, that's why.

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Get Gatekeepers’ Attention with Your Script’s First Ten Pages

Get Gatekeepers’ Attention with Your Script’s First Ten Pages

How to introduce your unique and universal story in the first ten pages of your script to make readers – and film producers – care.

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How to Integrate Character Traits to Create Believable Characters

How to Integrate Character Traits to Create Believable Characters

Do your characters feel flat? Here's how to develop traits to create three-dimensional characters that come to life in your novel.

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How to Build Your Story Idea and Start Writing Your Novel

How to Build Your Story Idea and Start Writing Your Novel

How to go from story idea to a well-formed novel concept. Begin writing your novel today with the right planning process.

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A Complete Guide to Crafting Unique Fantasy and Sci-Fi Cultures

A Complete Guide to Crafting Unique Fantasy and Sci-Fi Cultures

Have you ever noticed that many fantasy and sci-fi cultures all sound pretty much the same? Don't make the same mistake. Here's what you need to know about crafting compelling and diverse fictional cultures.

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