Tag: character


Articles / On Writing

Featured Article: Redundant Perspectives   Redundancy can be a real killer in your story—and not in the good way. Whether it is stating the obvious, showing and then telling, defining character actions, or worst of the worst, replaying a scene from a different point of view. This type of redundancy can happen in story or in a second story that retells the events of the...

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Articles / On Writing

Divas on Writing: Keep it Consistent – Characters   This week, I’m continuing my series on keeping things consistent during the editing process. As I stated earlier, it’s easy for things to get way out of order after a big edit. If you are following up a major edit with nothing more than a proofread, it is imperative that you know how to keep things...

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Articles / On Writing

Quick Tip: Magically Moving Characters   Have you ever noticed that sometimes characters just appear in scenes or move without action? Yeah? Me too. And it drives me crazy to be honest. Now you may wonder why that is a problem? Well, it’s because it disconnects the characters from the story. And it is in that moment that they become pawns instead of characters. Characters...

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I’m plotting out a short story right now and I’ve found it difficult to get a good grip on the development of my characters. I tend to be overly descriptive and not keep it simple. Diva Jen wrote a great article on keeping it simple, make sure to check that out, too. This recommend has a series of links to other articles about character development...

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Articles / On Writing

Divas on Writing: Character Voice   Do all your characters sound the same, use the same catch phrases, the same endearments? Is everyone snarky, timid or formal? Developing a distinctive voice for each character takes work. But if it’s done right, it can add depth to your characters and layers to your story. There are many things that can influence the way people sound, and...

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Divas on Writing: Issues with the First Person Perspective   I have to admit that I’m a fan of the first person narrative perspective, but it has its problems. So if you are planning to pen your upcoming masterpiece in the first person perspective, there are several things that you’ll need to look out for. Mind reading The first and biggest issue I see as...

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Giving Your Characters A Little Umph Articles / On Writing

You have done it, you wrote a book. Yay! The tough part is over. Well, not really. You have revising, editing, more editing, revising, editing… You get my point. Okay, rewind a bit. I tend to do on tangents when I get excited. You have done it, you wrote a book. Yay! But when you go back and reread and hopefully revise what you wrote,...

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Articles / On Writing

Breaking Free From the Staging Trap   Have you ever watched a couple of children play with Barbie Dolls? There’s quite an interesting and humorous thing that happens when the Barbies and Kens emerge. The children playing with them tend to narrate the motions, emotions, thoughts, discourse, and actions of their dolls—just like an author would with their characters. These children are so meticulous they...

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Today on Divas Recommend, we chose this article by author A.M. Harte called The 4 Basic Elements of a Story. Why, you may ask? Well, when the first few words are “Writing is like baking a cake,” I’m pretty much sold. So go read about how this author compares creating a story to baking a cake. Enjoy!


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  Divas Recommend: Choices and Crises Show True Character by Becca Puglisi   I came across this article “Choices and Crises Show True Character” by Becca Puglsi a week ago and wanted to share. I enjoyed Becca discussion on character development and that a person or character never shows his or her true self until faced with a crisis. Enjoy the article and let Becca or Write Divas know what...

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