Tag: character


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You know when you’re around that one friend who speaks in an accent (Southern, British, Spanish, etc.) and after a while you find yourself using the same words and phrases or speaking with a similar accent as that friend? This is called voice drift. It happens in writing too. Have you ever read a book where the characters all sounded the same, the narrative (especially...

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Do you have a gifted character that knows what everyone around her thinks or feels? Is she making the other characters in your book uncomfortable with her uncanny insights? If so, you just might have a mind reader on your hands, and I’m not talking about the sparkly vampire variety, either. I mean, think about it… How creepy would it be to be around a...

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I’ve written about the three-act structure  in novels and how it relates to plot. In this article, I want to take a look at subplots and how to use them in fiction. Subplots are secondary or side stories to the main plot of the story. By nature, they have less action, focus, and events that unfold than the main plot. In addition, subplots have a...

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What is the three-act structure? It comes from Aristotle and is the basic plot structure for Greek tragedies. The simplest definition is, it is a story with a beginning, a middle and an end. A large majority of the good stories out there have this same structure. Why? Because it works. We recognize it as good storytelling whether we are aware of it or not....

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Divas Recommend: 9 Fundamental Fears That Motivate Your Characters by David Wisehart   When I found “9 Fundamental Fears that Motivate Your Characters” by David Wishart, I knew I wanted to use it for my Divas Recommend. I’ve keep the site open on my iPad for weeks patiently waiting for my turn. Ha-ha! Wishart’s article discusses the nine fundamental fears we humans develop in our early...

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Divas Rec: Can a Character’s Arc be a Subplot? Recs

Diva’s Recommend: Can A Character’s Arc Be A Subplot by K.M. Weiland   Did you know that a character’s arc can be a subplot? Well, heck ya, they can. I didn’t really know what this meant until I read the article by K.M Weiland. I just focused on the main plot too much to see that character subplots are just as important as the major...

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Plot Sheets To round out the sheets trilogy, as I like to call it, I’m going to talk about plot sheets. They work pretty much the same as the character and setting sheets. You can have as little or as many sheets as you need. Plot sheets are just a rough version of your outline.  The Plot Bunny Catchall Plot Sheet This type of plot...

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Divas on Writing Setting Sheets I talked about character sheets a while ago and had some really great responses to the article, so I thought I would write about setting sheets as well. Setting sheets work much the same as character sheets, but they storyboard the setting of the story instead of outlining characters. With character sheets, you’re likely to have multiple sheets based on...

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Using Everyday Life to Improve Your Story If you’ve read any of my writing articles, you know I’m a huge proponent of writing what you know. Often authors try to write about topics, settings, or situations of which they have little or no working knowledge, and this can become shockingly clear within the first few pages. One of the ways to write what you know...

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Divas Recommend: #Nanowrimo Conflict: The Fuel Of Your Story By Bob Mayer   It’s November, and for many of us that means Nanowrimo. So what better to recommend to our readers than this article, #Nanowrimo Conflict: The Fuel Of Your Story, by Bob Mayer on his blog, Write on the River, to help authors understand and create believable conflict. In this article, Bob discusses the...

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