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Plot conflict: Striking true adversity in stories

What is conflict’s role in plot? In a plot, conflict creates untenable situations that make resolution vital. It moves events in a direction. Learn more.

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Creating dynamic characters and static types: 7 ideas

What are dynamic characters and static characters? Read definitions and tips to use each type of character well in your stories.

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Character writing Writing description

How to describe: Writing clear places and characters

Knowing how to describe places and characters with filmic flair immerses your reader. Read tips to use stronger adjectives, minimize adverbial fluff, and more.

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Character writing: Complete guide to creating your cast

Creating characters who spring to life on the page is vital for filling your story with people your readers can love, despise, relate to. Read a complete guide to creating characters.

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Character writing Plotting

Types of stories: 7 story archetypes (and ways to use them)

Types of stories such as the seven story archetypes identified by Christopher Booker provide a starting point for writing something entirely your own.

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Character writing Writing description

Character description examples: Creating people not caricatures

Effective character description examples from a range of authors from Victorian to modern times show the many ways to convey characters’ personalities, desires, strengths and shortcomings.

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Character writing Writing description

How to describe a person vividly: 8 ways

Learning how to describe a person so that the reader forms a vivid impression of your characters is essential for writing compelling stories. Read 8 tips for describing characters so they come to life:

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Direct vs indirect characterization: How to show and tell

There are two main ways to reveal characters: direct characterization, and indirect characterization. What defines these two characterization types, and what are the strengths and weaknesses of each?

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Character writing Narration Point of view

How to write multiple points of view in a novel: 8 tips

How do you write multiple points of view in a novel? More importantly why have multiple viewpoint narrators in your novel? Read on for 8 tips on writing books with multiple narrators, with practical POV examples from Barbara Kingsolver and others and a POV exercise by Ursula K. Le Guin:

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