Strategies, tools, tips, and techniques to help you master the art of fiction writing

5 Tips for Writing Third-Person POV character creation drafting

Third-person narratives are one of the most commonly used points of view. This may give new writers the impression that it’s a fairly simple viewpoint to write. However, it’s easy to fall into pitfalls and clichés without even realizing it. Knowing the ins and outs of writing...

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5 Tips for Writing First-Person POV character creation drafting

Maybe you’re writing a first-person narrator for the first time. Or maybe you’ve written a first-person narrative, but the voice isn’t as strong as you’d like. Whichever stage you’re at, knowing how to use first-person effectively will make the difference between a...

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How to Write an Unreliable Narrator character creation

No one likes a liar in real life, but it can be thrilling to slide into the head of a dishonest character in fiction. Maybe they choose to embellish, hide part of the truth, or tell us a story that can’t possibly be real (or can it?).

As writers, these characters can make for narrative...

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Make Your Antagonist Memorable brainstorming character creation

Antagonists are people, too. Soulless corporations and faceless soldiers play their part when we think of stereotypical “villains,” but the best antagonists are the ones who are just as complex as our heroes. 

It’s probably the first thing that came to mind when you...

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5 Tips for Writing Character Backstory character creation drafting save the cat

How can you develop characters that will keep your readers glued to the pages? Their backstory plays a huge part in getting it right—characters don’t come into existence on the first page of your story

But don’t worry, you don’t need to chronicle your...

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5 Tips for Compelling Dialogue character creation drafting

We’ve all read novels where the witty banter between characters is a joy to witness, or where a character surprises us every time they speak. But we’ve also read ones where conversations drag on and on, or characters’ voices all sound alike.

No one wants to read the second...

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How to Choose the Best Narrator for Your Story (Multiple POVs) character creation drafting

Crafting a story with multiple points of view can be one of the most fun and rewarding adventures for a writer. It gives you a chance to play with different voices and styles in the same project, and also allows you to show the same characters and events through different lenses.

But expanding...

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