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#22 Your Write to: Complicate Your Characters’ Lives

You don’t know Heaven ’til you’ve been through Hell!

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The Four Pillars of Fiction Part 2: Characters

Your story’s objective is only as powerful as the characters that convey it. Each member of the cast must represent opposing sides of the main argument, thus providing several different angles to perceive your story’s philosophy. I’ve already written a couple … Continue reading

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The Four Pillars of Fiction Part 1: PLOT

You may be familiar with this basic outline of what a plot graph looks like, and it is nice for writing a basic outline for a story. However, this is just a skeleton and we should add some layers to … Continue reading

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The Very Heart and Soul of Fiction

Whether your characters live on planet Earth or in a galaxy far far away, all fiction is really about is relationships. Conflicts arise in relationships due to the disagreements people have with each other’s goals and motivations, and the aim for good fiction … Continue reading

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Crafting a Character Part 3: A Better Tomorrow

We’ve taken a look at how our present lives are defined by our pasts, and to come full circle, we will delve into breaking the shackles of history and achieving freedom in the future. As always, characters are driven by … Continue reading

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Crafting a Character Part 2: It’s All in the Past

In the previous installment of the Crafting a Character series, we took a look at how characters think and behave in the present. What usually shapes those behaviours and attitudes is their past. Backstory is the cornerstone of all character … Continue reading

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Crafting a Character Part 1: In the Now

As I mentioned in my post about Goal, Motivation, Conflict, character is the most rudimentary ingredient in fiction. From the writing guide Revision & Self Editing by James Scott Bell, I’ll be hand selecting three fundamental considerations for every post in my … Continue reading

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