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Character

Two people arguing in an impressionist oil painting style.

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Character Flaws That Fuel Conflict

In our zeal to create characters that captivate and inspire, we often fall prey to the temptation of the flawless, the allure of the immaculate. We...

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A teenager reading while sitting in a window sill in an impressionist oil painting style.

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What Goes into Writing Static Character Arcs?

The protagonist's journey often takes center stage. We watch, transfixed, as they navigate the twists and turns of the plot, their inner landscape...

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A character looking in a mirror in an impressionist oil painting style.

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The Labyrinth of the Soul: Characters And Internal Conflict

In the realm of fiction, conflict reigns supreme. It is the engine that drives the narrative, the spark that ignites the reader's imagination. While...

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A character looking at a ghost in an impressionist oil painting style.

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The Ghost: Crafting Character Through Emotional Wounds

In the tapestry of a character's life, the threads of the past often weave the most intricate patterns. These threads, these echoes of old pains and...

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A woman singing into a microphone in an impressionist oil painting style.

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How to Give Your Characters a Unique Voice

In the realm of fiction, character reigns supreme. Readers experience the triumphs and tragedies, the loves and losses, the grand adventures and...

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A woman sitting on a bench with her back to the audience in an impressionist oil painting style.

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Capturing a Complex Protagonist

The craft of creating a protagonist—of birthing a character vivid and fully formed enough to arrest a reader's attention and haunt their...

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Two men wearing suits, sitting at a table in a crowded pub, in an impressionist oil painting style.

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A Writer’s Guide to Crafting Bone-Chilling Villains

Villains are the dark heartbeats that pulse through stories, captivating readers with their sinister allure. From Emperor Palpatine to Lord...

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A man in the distance walking down a tree-lined road with his back toward the audience in an impressionist oil painting style.

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Explore Antagonists in Fiction: Beyond the Classic Villain

Conflict is the cornerstone of storytelling, but villains aren't always mustache-twirling adversaries. Let's delve into the diverse array of...

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Sidekicks: Add a Kick of Flavor to Your Main Character’s Journey

The significance of a well-crafted sidekick in storytelling cannot be overstated. These characters, whether the best friend, sassy co-worker, or...

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Oil painting of path through the woods.

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The Impact of a Book Introduction (And Why You Should Consider One)

Far beyond a mere formality, the introduction to a book can shape a reader's experience, setting the stage for the following narrative. A...

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climax in a story

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Crafting an Unforgettable Climax in Your Story

Have you ever noticed that when you reach the three-quarter mark of a book, putting it down becomes nearly impossible?

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fight scenes

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Tips to Write Fight Scenes

Whether you're writing a thrilling action-packed novel or a fantasy epic, the ability to create engaging fights is a valuable asset. In this article,...

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crucible

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Navigating The Crucible of Transformation

Within the intricate tapestry of stories, characters encounter a multitude of obstacles. These hurdles come in diverse forms and intensity levels,...

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internal conflict

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Internal Conflict: The Catalyst for Transformation

An internal problem is the crucible for change, diving deep into a character's essence far beyond the surface motivations that drive external...

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scene structure

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How to Craft an Effective Scene Structure

Have you ever felt overwhelmed by the daunting task of writing a book? Fear not, for we have a valuable guide to help you break it down into...

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moral dilemma

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How to Build Tension in a Story: Crafting the Moral Dilemma

How can you ensure that readers genuinely care about your plot and characters? How do you create the tension that keeps pages turning, leaving your...

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theme versus agenda

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Discovering the Essence of Your Story: Theme vs. Agenda

Understanding the core of your story is a crucial endeavor that delves deep into the heart of human nature and our shared civilization.

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character motivation

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Character Motivation: Wants and Needs

Characters are individuals who want something, and these desires can be categorized into two distinct types: the character's intrinsic wish...

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character agency

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Character Agency: Why It's Vital in Fiction

The concept of "character agency" in fiction revolves around a character's ability to take action and influence the events within a story. It plays a...

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Woman walking along a train track in a dystopic world.

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6 Essential Steps to Take an Idea to a Tale

There's this sense of excitement when you start to brainstorm an idea. You’re getting ready to tell a story no one’s ever told! You sit down, have...

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Young woman being followed by two people in a Victorian-era impressionistic art style.

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Explore the Enigmatic: Craft an Antihero Readers Will Embrace

Have you ever found yourself rooting for a character who seems to revel in their own flaws and questionable choices? Welcome to the world of...

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