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

What is Deep POV? character creation drafting

One decision every writer must make is choosing from which point of view to tell a story. The third-person point of view (or POV) is a popular choice and can often be the easiest for new writers to tackle. There are, however, a few different ways in which to write the third-person point of view,...

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Plot-Driven versus Character-Driven: What's the Difference? character creation drafting plotting

Whether you’re the kind of writer who outlines their whole story before starting or the type who loves the journey of discovery writing, it’s important in the early stages of your novel to know what's driving your story. What will keep you drafting, and make readers fly through the...

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How to Write Stellar Supporting Characters character creation

A supporting character, or secondary character, is a person in your protagonist’s world that adds depth, conflict, and complexity to their journey. Think of characters like Han Solo in Star Wars, Annabeth and Grover in Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson and the Olympians series, or The...

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5 Tips for Creating Unique Characters character creation

Imagine going to a new place and meeting the most fascinating person. They have delightful mannerisms, quirky speech patterns, and an intriguing personality. After chatting for a while, you move on and meet someone else—only to discover this person has the same traits and mannerisms as the...

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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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