characterization examples from successful novels

Characterization examples: 5 ways to reveal characters

Characterization –  how you make a fictional character seem like a real, living, breathing person – is tricky. Besides describing characters physically, you need to convey their motivations, goals, personalities and flaws to make characters truly three-dimensional. Here are 5 characterization examples that show how to reveal your characters’ vital qualities: (more…)

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Theme examples from famous books

5 theme examples: How to develop story themes

The recurring ideas or broad themes of books give variety, depth and a sense of unity or cohesion. Theme examples from literature show us how authors illustrate what crucial ideas (such as ‘honour’ or ‘power’) mean. We see the effects they have on characters’ lives. (more…)

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5 ways to start a story

5 ways to start a story: Choosing a bold beginning

Great authors show us there are many ways to start a story. You could begin a novel with a narrator/character introducing himself, like Salinger’s Holden Caufield or Dickens’ David Copperfield. Or you could begin in the thick of action, as Ray Bradbury’s does in his classic novel, Fahrenheit 451. (more…)

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Examples of narrative from 5 classic books

Mastering narration: 5 deft examples of narrative

Narrating a story presents many choices. How will you bring time and place into your story? Whose POV will you tell the story from? How will you show characters’ pasts? Here are 5 examples of narrative from great novels that teach us how to write narrative with different purposes: (more…)

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central idea vs theme - meaning in storytelling

Central idea vs theme: Developing your novel’s ideas

The central idea of a story is the seed from which the offshoots of plot, character and theme grow. It’s the core scenario that sets the action in motion. The themes of a novel are the general ideas and principles the story explores. When you examine central idea vs theme (more…)

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Finding a literary agent - interview with top New York literary agent

Finding a literary agent: Q&A with Mark Gottlieb

Today we’re glad to interview literary agent Mark Gottlieb of Trident Media Group. Mark shares his insights into the process and benefits of finding a literary agent, the factors that influence publishers’ manuscript choices, and more.  Primary factors in publishers’ manuscript choices Q: As an agent at TMG, you’ve seen numerous authors close publishing deals. What […]

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In medias res - steps for starting stories from the middle

In medias res: 6 steps to start stories from the middle

  The Latin term in medias res literally means ‘in the midst of things’ and describes a story that skips exposition and starts with events already underway. Read further explanation of this term and 6 steps to make your own in medias res story opening strong: Step 1: Choose a pivotal, emotional scene for your in medias […]

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