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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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What novel writers can learn from TV: The Wire

The word “Dickensian” to describe the TV show “The Wire” was used so frequently by critics that it became a cliché, but there’s a reason that Charles Dickens, one of the most beloved writers in the English language, was repeatedly invoked in conversations about the show. “Novelistic” was another overused description of the show, but […]

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What novel writers can learn from TV: Mad Men

Often, movies and television can teach us as much or more about writing technique as books can because their streamlined structure makes it easier to isolate and identify certain writing strategies. Mad Men viewers can learn a great deal about character from watching the show. One of the most significant lessons a writer can learn […]

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How to write a romance novel that feels real

For something that is so important in our lives, it’s surprising how often love gets clichéd treatment in songs, books, movies and more. You can avoid these clichés and learn how to write a romance novel that feels real by following these tips: Avoid clichés The first step in avoiding clichés is to recognise them, […]

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Talking about your character: Mannerisms

One of the most common pieces of advice about writing is that you should show, not tell. Describing character mannerisms is an excellent way to show the reader information about your character in a subtle and interesting way. Character mannerisms Take a look at these sentences: Greta walked across the room. Greta strode across the […]

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Character posture: How to describe characters’ bearing

When we think about describing a character, we often think of listing items like hair colour, eye colour and body type. Character posture is important too: How we bear ourselves tells others a lot about us. Here are tips on using posture to bring out what makes each of your fictional characters uniquely interesting: Many of […]

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Creating loveable flaws in your characters

One of the things you hear over and over is that your characters need to be likeable, and your readers should be able to identify with them. In order to create characters who are both realistic and likeable, they need to be flawed. Characters who lack flaws are not likeable. Think about it: We’ve all […]

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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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