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Choosing Your Characters

Choosing Your Characters

When you decide to write a story, you’ll almost always already have the main characters in mind. After all, you can’t have even the idea of a story without characters to fill it out. So it may seem strange to talk about choosing your characters. But, just like when you’re evaluating a scene, you have to be sure that each character is serving a purpose and driving the story forward. It’s one of the hardest evaluations to do when you’re…

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The Opening Line

The Opening Line

Tuesday, we talked about your opening scene and what purpose it serves. It needs to introduce the main character, explain why that character is interesting, and lead into the plot. Today, we’ll focus in a little more and look at the first paragraph of the book. Some of these things may seem like they overlap with Tuesday’s post. They’re supposed to. For obvious reasons, what you’ve chosen for your first scene affects what you do in the first line. This…

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Said is Dead

Said is Dead

Last week, we talked about the dangers of having a thesaurus around when you are writing. Today, we’re going to talk about one of the most common things a thesaurus will do: kill “said.”

You’ve Finished Your Nano Novel, Now What? – Part Six

You’ve Finished Your Nano Novel, Now What? – Part Six

You’re almost done! You’ve put a lot of work into your novel, even after the thirty days of NaNo. It probably looks a lot different than the one you started with. You’ve added new scenes, changed plot points, fixed character development, and removed most of the awkward phrasing and dialogue.

“You’ve Finished Your NaNo Novel, Now What?” – A Series

“You’ve Finished Your NaNo Novel, Now What?” – A Series

National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is an event that takes place each November, where writers from all over the world are challenged to write a fifty-thousand word novel in a single month. This year, over 312,000 people participated. I was one of those 312,000. I was actually pretty impressed with myself. I hit day six this year, was significantly ahead of my goal, thought I was doing awesome. Then some personal stuff came up… my novel is still languishing exactly…

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