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Oct 7

Warning: Characters in Mirror May Be Deeper Than They Appear

Posted on Wednesday, October 7, 2015 in Writing links

Sep 22

Know Your Story Locale and Setting

Posted on Tuesday, September 22, 2015 in Writing links

In order for your viewpoint characters and narrators to sound like natives of the fictional world (land, country, or era) of their stories—and in order for you to sound like a native yourself—you need to be more than familiar with the way the locals speak.

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Aug 25

Changing my mind

Posted on Tuesday, August 25, 2015 in Fandom, Writing

When I posted about the tv series Vera, a while back, I was convinced I’d never wite a fanfic based on the fandom, even though I love the series and the main characters. Sometimes that’s just the way it is. Then a few days later, I found that my mind was hard at work dreaming up an angsty fic about Joe Ashworth, and Vera too. I was completely astonished. Maybe you should never say never…

Aug 17

OOC: How to Keep Your Characters “In Character”

Posted on Monday, August 17, 2015 in Writing links

Jul 26

Who Are The Three Characters Driving Your Plot?

Posted on Sunday, July 26, 2015 in Writing links

Sometimes deciding what role a character is going to play in your story is tricky.  If you want to cut through the confusing labels used for characters, try this simple method: focus only on three biggest characters in your story and rank them in starring order.

Source: Who Are The Three Characters Driving Your Plot? – Writers Write

Jul 24

He Said, She Said: Dialog Tags and Using Them Effectively

Posted on Friday, July 24, 2015 in Writing links

In basic terms, dialogue tags (or speech tags) are like signposts, attributing written dialogue to characters. Dialogue tags don’t need to be fancy, splashy, or self-conscious. Their primary purpose is to show which characters speak and when. The greater the number of characters involved in a scene, the more important the frequency and positioning of tags becomes.

Source: Scribophile

May 11

How to Develop Realistic Characters

Posted on Monday, May 11, 2015 in Writing, Writing links

It’s easy to describe what a character looks like and give her/him/it a cool name. But how do you make your readers care about what happens to that character? What’s the secret to bringing your characters to life?

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Mar 8

Problems with Character Names

Posted on Sunday, March 8, 2015 in Writing links

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Dec 17

5 Ways to Build Your Character

Posted on Wednesday, December 17, 2014 in Writing links

When you’ve been writing for a long time, even seasoned writers run the risk of having their characters feel the same. If you’ve been relying on one type of character in all your novels, now is the time to switch it up. It helps to try different approaches when building characters and see what happens. Here are 5 unique ways to develop your characters:

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Nov 19

Legit Writing Tip #123

Posted on Wednesday, November 19, 2014 in Writing links

Your characters MUST have agency. They must affect the plot in some way. Otherwise your readers will be asking themselves, “Why should I care about all this random stuff happening to this random character?”

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