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Novel characters: 15 top character creation tips

Great novel characters share common features: Distinct, authentic voices, character development, clear goals and motivations, strengths and flaws. Here are 15 of our top character creation tips gathered from some of the best writing blogs and websites: (more…)

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How to create tension in writing

How to create tension in writing: 8 methods

  Suspense and tension are essential for a page-turner. What are some techniques writers use for increasing tension in the rising action of a story or novel? Read these tips to build tension that keeps your reader intrigued and invested in your story arcs: First, what is narrative tension? The word ‘tension’ itself comes from […]

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How to describe hands: 6 ways to make characters real

Describing hands is useful for showing characters’ psychological traits and personality, age and more. Many amateur writers stop at describing eye colour or how characters say their dialogue. Yet there are many different physical details you can use to show a character’s nature. Read examples (more…)

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How to describe eyes in a story - 7 tips from Now Novel

How to describe eyes in a story: 7 simple tips

Learning how to describe eyes in a story without resorting to cliché helps set your writing apart from amateurish fiction. Many beginning authors over-rely on eye descriptions and eye colour to create an impression of their characters. Here are 7 tips for talking about your characters’ eyes creatively: 1. Avoid fixating on eye colour. 2. Make […]

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How to write dialogue that hooks readers

How to write dialogue that hooks readers: 10 tips

Here’s how to write dialogue that keeps readers engrossed. Read on after the summary for a more in-depth explanation with examples: 1: Create enlivening disagreement and friction 2: Keep dialogue tags appropriate and unobtrusive 3: Make sure each character has a distinct voice 4: Get dialogue punctuation right to avoid reader confusion 5: Read all your […]

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7 ‘strong’ women: writing better female characters

Gone are the days where female characters in novels tended to be simpering, dependent and virtual cardboard cutouts. To celebrate the strong – but also the not-so-strong, the complex and vivid – women in fiction, this week we’re talking about 7 great females characters and what they can teach you about better character writing. However, […]

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What is good writing? Article on 7 elements of great fiction

What is good writing? 7 factors that make fiction great

You want to write fiction that your readers will fall in love with, but what is good writing, exactly? These are seven elements of fiction that readers love: Engaging, compelling fictional characters Your characters don’t always have to be likeable, but it helps if they are, and they definitely have to engage your audience, whether or […]

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How to write believable characters

Knowing how to write believable characters is vital for any fiction writer. A character that seems like a stock character – the hero, the villain, the orphan, the unwilling saviour – can easily become too predictable. So how do you create a great character? There are several ways to make sure that your fictional characters […]

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How to create a character backstory that feels real

Knowing how to create a character backstory that feels real will give your fictional characters depth. ‘Backstory’ refers to any significant events that occurred prior to the main action of your novel. Here are ten tips for crafting character backstory better (read on for fuller explanations): How to create a character backstory: 5 key tips Tip […]

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Talking about your character: Speech

Character speech is what takes the reader into the heart of your characters. Develop a strong ear for inner monologue and dialogue to make your novel come alive. You can tell a great deal about a character from what that character says and how it is said. Character speech is a powerful tool in character development. […]

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