How to Use Satire like Mark Twain

How to Use Satire like Mark Twain

Writers who use satire to get their point across do so by wielding humor, wit, irony, or sarcasm. They expose an individual or society for its weaknesses, corruption, hypocrisy, or foolishness. And no one does it better than Mark Twain.

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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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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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How to Construct a 3D Main Character

How to Construct a 3D Main Character

Improve your characterization skills with the tips in this post.

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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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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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Finding Your Unique Authorial Voice

Finding Your Unique Authorial Voice

Every author has a unique voice. It's just a matter of finding it. In this article, fantasy writer Kyle Massa offers his tips on how to discover your authorial voice.

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Writing Character Voices: Channeling Your Inner Multiple Personalities

Writing Character Voices: Channeling Your Inner Multiple Personalities

Think of the different voices you use in daily life. You have a certain voice you use with the boss, another one with your partner, and a completely separate one you save for your mother. How you say things in each different voice results from your background, your education level, where you live, your personality traits and quirks, and to whom you’re speaking. Learn how to harness these voices to create the characters in your book.

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5 Ways to Make Your Protagonist More Likable

5 Ways to Make Your Protagonist More Likable

"I don't like your protagonist." If this is what your readers say, consider these five tips.

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How to Create and Use a Character Bible for Your Novel

How to Create and Use a Character Bible for Your Novel

Your character bible is the place you collect information about all the characters in your novel so you have easy access to details as you write. In this article, we examine how to create and use a character bible.

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Character Transformation: Change is in the Air

Character Transformation: Change is in the Air

It’s safe to say that people change. A good story will explain character transformation in ways readers understand it. In this article, we explain how to tackle character transformation in your novel.

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22 Storytelling Techniques from Pixar

22 Storytelling Techniques from Pixar

If you've ever seen "Up" or "Toy Story," you know that the team of writers over at Pixar can spin a great story. With that in mind, we examine former Pixar employee Emma Coats' storytelling tips.

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