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  • 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   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…