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Creating Characters

There are many, many, books on creating decent characters, and we’re going to try to summarise character creation in a few brief study notes, so please keep in mind the limitations of what we’re doing here. We’ve distilled a few key points, rules of thumb and techniques but there is more – so much more.…

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Advice for choosing meaningful and memorable names

The names of your characters matter a great deal. There are unusual names which are now so imprinted on particular characters that it seems impossible to separate the two, such as Heathcliff, Hannibal, Simba and Cinderella. Each of these names reflects the character and the themes of their story. Heathcliff is literally ‘heath’ and ‘cliff’…

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Tips on submitting your manuscript to agents

So, you’ve finished your book. The hard part is over, right? Wrong. Now you have to convince some hard-nosed literary agent that your novel is going to be the next bestseller and is exactly what the market is looking for right now. Well, okay, maybe you don’t have to go quite that far, but too…

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The Action Reaction Cycle

When you write, you will usually have a mix of things that are happening around your protagonist (for the purpose of this article, we’ll assume the protagonist is the point of view character in any given scene), and things that your protagonist is thinking and doing. If you don’t know any better, you will switch…

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The Secret to a Gripping Novel Climax

The second most important tool in a novel writers plotting toolbox. You know how when you first start out in writing, you feel there must be rules of thumb, techniques that you can use, accepted structures that create a decent novel. Then you have a Eureka moment when you discover the Hero’s Journey and things…

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