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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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7 reasons writing a book makes you a champion

Many people talk about wanting to write a book “someday,” but few progress beyond that point. Anyone who has written a novel knows the enormous effort – both physical and mental – that goes into finishing a book, and here are seven reasons you can feel proud of your own efforts. • You will accomplish something […]

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Modern-day Novel Writing

While many of us still love the idea of a cabin in the woods, next to a lake, with nothing but a notebook and fountain pen to dip into while inspiration flows, the reality is that writing a book in the modern age is much more about computers, fitting writing into real life, and knowing […]

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Forward planning vs. creative freedom in writing

Planning ahead and allowing for inspiration are both important aspects of writing and finishing a novel, but it can seem difficult to balance them especially since there is a lot of conflicting advice from novelists and writing teachers. However, the tips below can help achieve that balance. Some writers swear by making meticulous outlines ahead […]

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