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Character flaws - creating lovable imperfections | Now Novel

Character flaws: Creating lovable imperfections

Character flaws serve multiple purposes. Often, they’re the faults and shortcomings that create conflict between key players in a story. Yet flaws are also useful for creating attraction between characters. Without them, characters feel wooden, ‘too perfect’. Without them, attraction might seem too instant. Here are types of flaws that make characters interesting: (more…)

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How the future will impact your fantasy story characters

Science fiction writers are praised for imagining the future with great foresight. Understanding the long-term cause and effect of events in your fantasy world will help you also give readers a more complex and vivid mental picture. Your novel will be grounded in a vivid, complex history. This breadth of vision has implications for your […]

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Writing dialogue: 7 ways to write better conversations

Writing dialogue presents a unique set of challenges. A single italicized word can change the whole tone and meaning of an exchange, for example. Compare a person telling a questioner ‘that’s all I can remember’ with ‘that’s all I can remember.’ The difference in emphasis alters the meaning of the sentence. Here are 7 ways […]

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How to plot a romance novel

Almost every romance novel is about the relationship between two people. Some novels focus on triangular love situations. A strong plot is the difference between keeping your reader turning the pages and abandoning the book. The following tips on how to plot a romance novel should help you write a well-plotted romance: 1. Don’t let […]

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How to write a villain: Writing a more human antagonist

Characters are what drive the reader to care about what happens in your story. If your readers can relate to your characters or at least recognise familiar real world human traits in their behaviour, your story will be a more vivid read. Learning how to write a villain that your readers can understand as a […]

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How to write suspense like The Hunger Games

Though written as a YA novel, The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins was a big hit with readers of all ages. One key to its success was its use of suspense, and we can examine it to learn how to write suspense ourselves. First, create an engaging protagonist. The reader needs to care what happens […]

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What The Hobbit characters teach us about character development

If J.R.R. Tolkien knows how to do one thing, it’s create characters that readers love. Luckily, he also knows how to create wonderful worlds and engaging plot twists, too, but it’s the characters who really stick with you after reading one of his books. In the first book in his history of Middle Earth, The […]

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Tips from the Masters: Charles Dickens

Emulating Charles Dickens’s writing style has been attempted by many, and only partially achieved by few.  It is mostly known to be old-fashioned, outrageously imaginative, wordy and sentimental. His popularity is probably most attributed to the fact that he wrote in installments, keeping his followers in unbearable suspense in between publications.  His writing style and […]

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