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character profile

How to Create a Character Profile: A Step-by-Step Guide For Beginners

January 18, 2022

List your favorite novels, those you can count on one hand, and I’ll bet they have one major thing in common — an unforgettable hero. Regardless the genre, your characters must behave like real people in real-life situations who make mistakes, have regrets, and grow… [Continue reading below]

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Flash Fiction

How to Write Flash Fiction: 5 Tips for Writing Short Short Stories

January 4, 2022

Imagine a short story, then make it even shorter. That’s flash fiction. Short stories run anywhere between 1,500 and 10,000 words. Flash fiction stories run up to 1,500 words — but often much shorter. Usually up to 500 words. If you get down to 100… [Continue reading below]

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internal and external conflict

Internal and External Conflict: Tips for Creating Unforgettable Characters

December 14, 2021

How do you keep readers riveted to the end? Conflict is the engine of fiction. Readers love it. Dianna and I recently celebrated our 50th wedding anniversary and agree on almost everything. That’s a gift in real life. In the pages of a novel? Boring…. [Continue reading below]

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How to Write a Novel: A 12-Step Guide

How to Write a Novel: A 12-Step Guide

November 15, 2021

You’ve always wanted to write a novel. But something’s stopped you. Maybe you’ve tried before, only to get a few, or several, pages in and lose steam because: Your story idea didn’t hold up You couldn’t overcome procrastination You feared your writing wasn’t good enough… [Continue reading below]

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What is an Antivillain? How to Write a Complex Bad Guy

What is an Antivillain? How to Write a Complex Bad Guy

November 8, 2021

Too many novelists create a villain who does bad things because he’s the bad guy. He might as well appear in a melodrama, wearing a black hat and a cape while twirling his handlebar mustache. But a melodramatic villain is a cliché by definition —… [Continue reading below]

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