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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Bildungsroman: What the Heck is That?

Bildungsroman: What the Heck is That?

Do you like experimenting with different literary devices? Maybe you like how they can stretch you in new areas and help you see character, plot, even setting, from different angles. If so, you need some bildungsroman in your life. What the heck is bildungsroman? Read on to find out!

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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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Holding Back Your Backstory

Holding Back Your Backstory

Many readers struggle to figure out how much backstory is too much. DailyWritingTips explores this topic on their blog.

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Using Anastrophe and Hyperbaton

Using Anastrophe and Hyperbaton

If you’re like me, you love learning about literary devices and how to use them. I was in a literary forum recently where someone posted, "What’s the difference between Anastrophe and Hyperbaton?" Frankly, I had to look them up. If you're like me, this article is for you.

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The Benefits of Story Subplot

The Benefits of Story Subplot

Add subplots to your novel to make your story more relatable and entertaining. Tips to creating a subplot that works, how subplots enhance your story, and subplot pitfalls.

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Literary Devices: Does Anyone Use Hubris Today?

Literary Devices: Does Anyone Use Hubris Today?

Do you remember the story of Icarus in Greek mythology? It's one of the most classic examples of hubris in literature. In this article, we take a look at hubris and what it means.

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How to Use Deus Ex Machina Like Stephen King

How to Use Deus Ex Machina Like Stephen King

Is deus ex machina "Persona Non Grata" in fiction? Here's the case for when it works and when it doesn't.

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How to Write a Tragedy Like John Green

How to Write a Tragedy Like John Green

As writers, we want to make sure our readers are happy with our tale's ending, so we often turn away from tragedies. But that doesn’t mean you can’t use a tragic hero in your story to juxtapose your protagonist. In this article, author Kathy Edens examines how to make your readers' hearts ache.

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How to Do Anthropomorphism Like Brian Jacques

How to Do Anthropomorphism Like Brian Jacques

How do you make anthropomorphism work in your writing? Author Kathy Edens takes a look at the best ways to make animals, books, teacups, and more come alive in your work.

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