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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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Character relationships and tips for writing great character interactions

Character relationships: 6 tips for crafting real connections

Writing character relationships that make sense requires thinking about how relationships work. How and why do people interact in harmonious or confrontational ways? Here are 6 tips for creating connected characters whose relationships are convincing: 1: Draw inspiration for characters’ relationships from real life Writing great relationships between characters requires being observant about relationships in your own life and […]

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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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Creating character: How to make characters come alive

If there’s one thing every writer has to become good at it’s creating character interest. After all, your characters are the building blocks of your novel: They’re what will make your readers really care about the outcome and keep turning pages. Creating in-depth character sketches or outlines is an extremely helpful way to climb inside your character’s […]

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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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