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  • How to create conflict in your novel.
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    How to create conflict in your novel.

    Keeping your book interesting is hard and I learned since publishing my debut novel there is a handful of things, I learned about writing through feedback from readers.     Make your Characters Disagree with one another. This seems obvious but making your characters disagree is a great way to create conflict this applies to each character through your novel meaning your main character, villains, and side characters. We create side characters to support the main ones but they don’t necessarily have to agree with the main character’s decisions. Tension makes a great tool to use, it makes readers root for the character and makes your character more interesting and…

  • How to write a good plot twist
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    How to write a plot twist

    How to write a good plot twist your readers won’t see coming   A good plot twist is the one the reader won’t see coming and create a shock to the reader. Good movies/books with a good plot twist are Gone Girl, The Prestige, The Empire Strikes Back, The Sixth Sense to name a few. How to write a good plot twist?   It must be unique.     Any good plot twist is the one that surprises the reader if the reader figures out the twist, you lost the surprise element. What makes it unique? Readers are intelligent so you’ll need to be ahead of them. If you read the…

  • How to use Cliff-hangers in fiction.
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    How to use Cliff-hangers in fiction.

    How to use Cliff-hangers in fiction.   The cliff-hanger is a wonderful literary device both for the author and the reader. Although, some readers hate cliff-hangers, for others means the story will continue or does it? This technique is used often on series. Also, thrillers end with a cliff-hanger to add shock or disbelief at the end of a story.   So how to use cliff-hangers in fiction? Get people hopes up means getting the reader to turn pages.   Getting readers to turn pages is not easy, but ending a chapter with a cliff-hanger can make them do so. You-the writer has one goal, and that is to move…

  • Creating character arcs: What is an arc? Why it’s so important?
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    Creating character arcs: What is an arc? Why it’s so important?

    Creating character arcs: What is an arc? Why it’s so important?   Whether you are writing a plot driven novel rather than a character-driven novel, the story still needs a character arc. The Arc gives the character and direction and growth. It gives your readers something to root for or relate too while making the story stronger.   What is an arc? An arc is when your MC starts as this type of person but by the end of the story, they are different kind of person they were at the beginning.   Why character arcs are important?   The plot is what drives the story forward, but a plot…

  • Pace your story: How to pace your story
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    Pace your story: How to pace your story

    Pace your story: How to pace your story Pacing is important to your story think of it as a puzzle. What does a pace mean and why it’s so important? The pace is nothing but the flow of the story. Think of it as a song. Songs are divided into verses, choruses, and bridge. Those blended together and turn it into a song. A book needs to have a beginning, the middle, and the end. Otherwise, known as dividing the story into three acts. Like a song, the story needs a tempo By this I mean it can’t fast all the time or slow all the time as you’ll lose…

  • Three ways to show the complexity of your villain
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    Three ways to show the complexity of your villain.

    .Three ways to show the complexity of your villain.   We can’ deny villains make great characters. They are bad and they look good doing it. They add fear, and tension into the story but one thing we want as writers is for our readers to take our villain seriously.    We know these villains and they come in all shape and sizes the charming price, the cruel stepmother, the ruthless assassins. What these characters have in common? Personality. One has charm, the other is cruel, and the other is ruthless. These are attributes that add to their complexity.   Here are three ways to show the complexity of your…

  • Narcissists how to write them
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    How to write a narcissist.

    Narcissists how to write them: Personality traits of narcissists you should know.  A few months ago, I covered both the psychopaths and the sociopaths and their personality and examples for literary characters. This week I’m going to cover the narcissist and their personality traits to help you craft your character better. I watched an interview with Dr. Ramani and this is how she explained what a narcissist is  “It’s like looking at the mirror and nothing is looking back at you”. They are selfish. Tip number one in how to write narcissists. Narcissists are known to be selfish people. Everything they do is about them. The world revolves around them and they are…

  • Bad writing advice you should ignore!
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    Bad writing advice you should ignore!

    Bad writing advice you should ignore!   There are many writing blogs out there that focus on writing tips and advice. YouTube had also gained popularity among writers who share their tips on writing. Which is awesome! But I also noticed that there is a lot of advice out there some of it good, some it is bad and should be ignored.   Write what you know.   The first one in the list of bad writing advice you should ignore. A few years ago I did a self-editing course with an editor who did editorial work for Cosmopolitan. One of the advice she gave us was to write what…

  • Plotting for pantsers
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    Plotting for pantsers. With two simple steps. 

    Plotting for pantsers. With two simple steps.    Pansters distaste the process of creating outlines for their books. I can say so myself as I am a pantser. The meaning of “pantsers” is we write in the seat of our pants. More or less make stuff up as we go along. Sometimes this will come back and bite us in the butt. I have to basic two tips of ways to plot without having to stress yourself about creating big outlines.   Plotting for Pantsers using the “What if.”   The what if is part of your plot basically you ask yourself what if my character did this, what if my…

  • Naming your characters. 
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    Naming your characters. Three places where you can get name ideas of your characters.

    Naming your characters. Three places where you can get name ideas of your characters. Naming your characters might sound easy but it can be tricky. There are points to consider and the character name should reflect on their personality. Here are three places where you can find name ideas. Baby site Most writers use these sites not because they plan to have kids if you are, congrats! The characters are writers babies at least, I’ll think of it that way. I’m a frequent user of these sites to find names and get ideas. The names are listed by gender some of them are unisex and are in alphabetical order.  TV shows/…