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Character Motivation How to Craft Realistic Characters

Character Motivation: How to Craft Realistic Characters

July 7, 2020

List a handful of your favorite novels and I’ll bet they have one thing in common: an unforgettable main character. From Captain Ahab to Atticus Finch and from Harry Potter to Katniss Everdeen, such memorable characters seem like long-lost friends. Inventing characters and infusing them with the internal strength to become heroic is an art […]

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Character development in writing

Your Ultimate Guide to Character Development: 9 Steps to Creating Memorable Heroes

June 3, 2020

You’ve settled on the idea for your novel. You’ve narrowed it to a sentence or two, and you’re ready to tackle what seems an insurmountable task—developing your lead character. If you’re an Outliner (one who outlines your novel first), it’s time for character development, an endeavor not for wimps. Spellbinding stories feature believable characters who […]

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How to outline a novel

How to Outline a Novel in 6 Steps: Your Complete Guide

June 3, 2020

If you’re a Pantser (one who writes by the seat of your pants), you’re not interested in outlining a novel. Trust me, I’m a Pantser myself. I’ve written nearly 200 books, two-thirds of those novels — and guess what? I don’t outline. Oh, I’m not saying I don’t have an idea where I’m going. I […]

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How to Create Memorable Character Names

How to Create Memorable Character Names

June 2, 2020

Naming characters can be nearly as stressful as naming a newborn. You want interesting and memorable names, but not quirky or outrageous — unless you’re writing a comedy. You definitely don’t want boring names. When you hit on the right name, you’ll know it. And if you’re like me, your favorite novels have unforgettable characters […]

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How to Write Dialogue

How to Write Dialogue That Captivates Your Reader

May 11, 2020

If your writing bores you, it’ll put your reader to sleep.  And unfortunately, your first reader will be an agent or an editor.  Your job is to make every word count—the only way to keep your reader riveted until the end, which is no small task. Riveting dialogue is your friend because it can accomplish […]

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