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  • Pace your story: How to pace your story
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    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…

  • 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…

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    How to write a thriller Plot Driven or Character driven stories?

    Plot-Driven/Character driven stories   Shall your thriller be focused on the plot or the character itself so that depends on the kind of thriller you’re going for? For example, military thrillers are more plot-driven whereas psychological thriller or more character driven. In other sub-genre, the villain drives the story rather than your main character like for example there is a terrorist attack.  Subscribe How to write a thriller? What is a thriller? 

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    Plotting your story using the what if

    Plotting your story using the what if   To write a thriller like any other stories you’ll need an idea don’t focus too much on the big ideas if you look at other books that had been written most all books have the same idea. What should be your main focus is the character, the hows, and the whens and the what if. So how do you plot your story using the what if?  Plotting for pantsers. With two simple steps.    Subscribe  

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    Dividing your thriller/story into three acts or parts

    Dividing your thriller/story into three acts or parts   Dividing your thriller/story into thee acts or parts. The first act of the thriller is the introduction of your character. This is a way for your reader to familiarise themselves with your character getting to know him or her so to speak. It’s the beginning of their habits this is also known as the “hook” it’s the what the when and the how.  Plotting for pantsers. With two simple steps. 

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    Doing research for your thriller

    Doing research for your thriller novel    Whatever the genre you’ll be writing you’ll need to research for your book if you are writing a thriller, you need to do the more research. You don’t need to be a doctor or a lawyer to write a book in this genre so where the places do research for your thriller novel?    Google   Google is your friend anything you’ll need you can find it in there yes, your search history is going to a look a bit strange but it can’t be helped.    Quora   Quora is a q&A site so you go there search on the specific filed…

  • 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…

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    How to write a thriller? What is a thriller? 

    How to write a thriller? What is a thriller?    Have you read that great thriller story full suspense that made grip sheets and wondered how it’s written? Or you always wanted to write a thriller but didn’t know where to start? How do you write a thriller? what is a thriller? What is the difference between a thriller and a mystery? a mystery is a question of who had done it. The crime has already happened. you as the writer will drop and hints and clues for the reader to solve the piece of the puzzle along with your character.  A thriller is someone is thinking of committing that crime or…

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    My experience with Beta readers. The harsh truth about it.

    My experience with Beta readers. The harsh truth about it.   Let’s touch basis of what is betareader. Beta readers are people who read in your genre or more than one and they give you their feedback as a reader. You can call them your general audience. You give them a sheet of questions and they answer it for you and give you their insight into the story and point out any issues. My experience with this wasn’t all that great first of all I couldn’t find beta readers. I looked on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Goodreads. I found three in total who committed themselves in reading the book. Others…

  • 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…