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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How to Write a Compelling Story Arc

How to Create a Compelling Story Arc

April 14, 2020

You’ve got a great story idea you’re confident can become a page turner.  This is the one that won’t leave you alone. Every time you think or speak of it, you embellish it. Now what?  Plan your story like you’d plan a vacation — you wouldn’t leave home without an idea of where you’re headed, […]

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What Is an Epilogue

What Is an Epilogue? Everything You Need to Know

March 16, 2020

Full disclosure: I’m not a huge fan of Epilogues. That’s not to say they’re all bad. In fact, I’ve ended several of my novels with Epilogues. Done right, they can be a powerful way to leave your reader satisfied. But beware! Approach your Epilogue wrong and you can ruin the end of your story. So, […]

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character archetypes

12 Character Archetypes You Can Use to Create Heroes Your Reader Will Love

November 12, 2019

Guest post by Tami Nantz There’s no way around it: If you want to write a story that pulls in readers, you must include compelling characters. They need to feel: Believable Mysterious Relatable But that’s difficult to pull off—one reason most stories are unpublishable.  Maybe you’re feeling this tension right now. Maybe you’ve created a […]

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