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A Story Is Driven By Characters, Not Plot

A story is driven by characters, not plot. I agree. Many writers and literary experts agree. I’m not so sure it’s always reflected in book popularity, sales, and reviews, though. What do you think? Let me know in the comments. … Continue reading

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Writing Past a Problem

Originally posted on A Writer's Path:
? by Lev Raphael Working on my most recently published book, I ran into a significant problem.  To move the novel forward, I needed my protagonist to have a confrontation with a minor…

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J is Just Juxtaposition | #AtoZChallenge

Juxtaposition “Juxtaposition is a literary device wherein the author places a person, concept, place, idea or theme parallel to another. The purpose of juxtaposing two directly or indirectly related entities close together in literature is to highlight the contrast between … Continue reading

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Guest Post: The Dos and Don’ts of Dialogue Tags by Ryan Lanz

Originally posted on Kate M. Colby:
Today, I’m pleased to host author and blogger extraordinaire Ryan Lanz. His article is packed with tips on how to correctly use dialogue tags. As someone who struggled with this as a beginning writer,…

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When Did You Begin to Write?

When did you first begin to write, and who or what inspired you? What age were you? What did you write? What were your greatest obstacles? Tell us your story in the comments. Aaand go! To get the ball rolling, … Continue reading

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When Characters Become Sentient

Good characterization creates sentient beings who start to have minds of their own. It’s good for the author to listen, for they may have ideas that actually make the story better, as long as these ideas work with the whole. … Continue reading

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How to Keep Your Readers From Asking, “Why Didn’t They Just…?”

Originally posted on A Writer's Path:
? by Stephanie O’Brien My siblings and I have sometimes joked that we could take over several fictional universes with the power of “Why didn’t they just…?” When characters fail to use an…

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Steps to Make Your Minor Characters Exciting

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? by John Briggs I’ve known plenty of authors who spend hours creating character sheets for their main characters, worry about what their shoe size is, favorite color, and the name of their…

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How Rough a Rough Draft Really Is

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? by Lindsey Richardson A rough draft in a way is like a picture. It’s never perfect the first time you do it, and it’s not meant to be. Rough drafts are the…

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How “The Walking Dead” Saved Me

Let’s see if I have the guts to throw this out there. I enjoy psychological thrillers, but I’ve never been a fan of blatant gore, and I’m especially not a person to jump on the bandwagon of whatever’s popular. So … Continue reading

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