Category Archives: Novel Writing

Write Your Novel Step by Step (23) “Characters’ Personal Issues”

We all have personal issues – trouble with co-workers, family difficulties, unfulfilled hopes or dreams or a moral dilemma. Though it is not necessary, every character can benefit from having a personal issue with which it must grapple or a … Continue reading

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Dramatica Theory (Annotated) Part 8 “Communicating Through Symbols”

Excerpted from the book, Dramatica: A New Theory of Story How can essential concepts be communicated? Certainly not in their pure, intuitive form directly from mind to mind. (Not yet, anyway!) To communicate a concept, an author must symbolize it, … Continue reading

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Write Your Novel Step by Step (22) “Character Points of View”

Now that you know something about the personalities of your potential cast members, it is time to find out how they see your story. In this step, you’ll have each character write another paragraph from their point of view, but … Continue reading

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Write Your Novel Step by Step (21) “Auditioning Your Cast”

Now that you have mixed things up a bit with your potential characters, there is one last task to do before selecting which ones to hire for your novel: the audition! Each character is currently just a collection of traits … Continue reading

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Write Your Novel Step by Step (20) “Character Trait Swap Meet”

In the last step you made sure each of your potential characters had a vocation, name, gender, age and perhaps additional personal attributes. In this step we’re going to swap around some of those traits to make your list of … Continue reading

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Write Your Novel Step by Step (19) “Additional Character Attributes”

In previous steps you’ve assigned ages, genders and vocations or roles to your characters.  Like real people, however, your characters will also have a wide range of other attributes, such as the religion to which they subscribe, special skills like … Continue reading

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Write Your Novel Step by Step (18) “The Reason of Age”

How old your characters are couches them in a lot of preconceptions about how they’ll act, what their experience base is, and how formidable or capable they may be at the tasks that are thrust upon them in your story … Continue reading

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