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Off With Their Heads!

Off With Their Heads!

*TRIGGER WARNING* ...

Grey Characters: Secondary Characters

Grey Characters: Secondary Characters

In some ways it’s easier to write a book with a smaller cast. Limiting your writing to the perspectives of just a few characters bears many challenges of its own, such as making sure you don’t step outside the bounds of any viewpoints or share information the characters wouldn’t know yet. Depending on your story,...

Background Characters

Background Characters

The world is full of people: us, our family, our friends, our coworkers, all of their friends, family, and coworkers, and so on. There are people we interact with only a few times in short bursts: customers, grocery store checkers, bank tellers, delivery people, and more. There are even many more people that we never...

Sidekicks: The Archetypes

Sidekicks: The Archetypes

From Sancho Panza (Don Quixote) to Doctor Watson (Sherlock Holmes), and from Man Friday (Robinson Crusoe) to Ford Prefect (Arthur Dent), many of the great heroes of literature are accompanied by equally fascinating sidekicks. The term ‘sidekick’ was originally a slang term used by pickpockets. A ‘kick’ is the front pocket of a pair of...

Twist & Shout

Twist & Shout

We all love a good plot twist, don’t we? Just when we think we know where the story is going, the unexpected comes out of nowhere and gives us a thrill. Because no one expects the Spanish Inquisition!

What is a Plot Twist?

A plot twist is an unexpected complication, development, or piece of information. It can...

How NOT to Lose Your Sanity

How NOT to Lose Your Sanity

McKenzie Staley

Balancing ​Character Arcs & Plotlines

I think the most stressful thing I’ve ever gone through with my writing is balancing character arcs and the plot. I still struggle with this today, as are a lot of people. But I do have some tips as to how I get through this stage of writing that...

Subplots: Not a Piece of Cake

Subplots: Not a Piece of Cake

Writing is hard. Like “I haven’t slept in days and I feel like pulling my hair out” hard. But we love it anyway and we enjoy it.
The plot of a story usually keeps the writer awake at night, because whether or not you want to admit it, you know that a plot hole will...

Conflict in Storytelling

Conflict in Storytelling

My stride is dictated by an urge for irritation. The ridge of my chest nudges his, a movement he detests. His breath stinks of cheap bourbon and cigarettes; how cliché for a backstreet bar. An opposing forearm is pressed into my stomach, pressure demanding recognition rather than reaction. His shoulder twitches. My hand strikes; too...

Date Night with Your Plot line

Date Night with Your Plot line

You’ve had an idea. Your writer’s brain has generated an intriguing character concept, a fresh magical world, or simply a scenario you’d like to read about yourself. If you’re me, it’s usually something along the lines of newly bonded character molecules bombarding your brain on a road trip or in a late night shower. Most...

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