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Fiction

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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dialogue

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Dialogue in Fiction

Have you ever been engrossed in a captivating story only to be let down by lackluster dialogue? Perhaps the characters all seemed to sound the same,...

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antagonist

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Embracing Your Antagonist: The Heart of a Documentary

Crafting a compelling story in documentary filmmaking or fiction is akin to constructing a delicate and intricate mechanism.

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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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dialogue

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Crafting Dialogue in Stories: A Deeper Understanding

Dialogue breathes life into stories, yet it significantly diverges from real spoken language. While it imparts vital information essential for...

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narrative perspective

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Choosing the Right Narrative Perspective

Few elements can swiftly transform a story as much as altering the narrative perspective from which it unfolds.

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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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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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classic chinese literature

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Classic Chinese Literature: A Must-Read List

Chinese literature is a treasure trove of beautifully crafted stories and tomes. Especially if you are a western-born writer, it's imperative to read...

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fish out of water

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The Three Most Important People in Your Story

In today's blog post, we're diving deep into the insights shared in a captivating video titled "Story Development: The Three Most Important People in...

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writing slow

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Writing Slow

In our current era, speed is often celebrated above all else. The internet's emergence has accelerated our lives, turning processes that once took...

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character secrets

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Unveiling Character Secrets: What Lies Beyond the Surface

Characters in stories often harbor secrets, hidden facets of their lives or knowledge that can shape the narrative in profound ways.

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supporting character

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Crafting Beloved Supporting Characters

Are you in the midst of writing a novel and finding that while your main character is fully fleshed out, your supporting characters still need some...

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novel word count

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Word Counts for Different Novel Genres

Determining the ideal word count for your novel is a crucial aspect of writing. While your plot, characters, and premise are vital, the question of...

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woman breaking through a wall impressionism style

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Metafiction and Breaking the Fourth Wall

Metafiction, a literary device that transcends the boundaries of traditional storytelling, offers readers a unique and thought-provoking experience....

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woodland creatures impressionism style

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Writing Stories from the Perspective of Misunderstood Animals

Stories have the power to transcend boundaries, allowing us to immerse ourselves in the lives of characters from different worlds. One captivating...

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woman reading a book impressionist style

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Captivating Openings: Tips for Crafting Intriguing First Lines in Your Stories

In storytelling, the first line holds unparalleled power. It is the gateway that entices readers to step into the world you have crafted and sets the...

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