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Creative Writing 101

Creative Writing 101

January 4, 2021

You love to write and have been told you have a way with words. So you’ve decided to give writing a try—creative writing. Problem is, you’re finding it tougher than it looks. You may even have a great story idea, but you’re not sure how to turn it into something people will read. Don’t be […]

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8 Types of Characters to Include in Your Story

8 Types of Characters in Fiction and How to Use Them

October 6, 2020

Why do we remember characters in fiction like Huckleberry Finn, Oliver Twist, Frodo Baggins, and Harry Potter years after we meet them? Page-turning novels feature believable characters with human flaws, people who grow heroic in the end. So how do you conjure up characters like that? First, it pays to understand the basic types of […]

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The 7 Main Story Elements and Why They Matter

The 7 Main Story Elements and Why They Matter

August 28, 2020

You’ve got a story idea you’re certain has the potential to impact lives. Where do you start? There’s enough writing advice on the internet to overwhelm you and make you want to quit before you even begin. So let’s simplify things. Writing a story is like building a house. You may have all the tools […]

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The Hero's Journey

The Hero’s Journey: A Classic Story Structure

August 7, 2020

Writing a compelling story, especially if you’re new at this, can be grueling.   Conflicting advice online can overwhelm you, making you want to quit before you’ve written a word. But you know more than you think. Stories saturate our lives. We talk, think, and communicate with story in music, on television, in video games, in […]

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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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