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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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Write Your Novel Step by Step (17) “Gender Specific”

It’s time to start listing some of your characters’ attributes. One of the most fundamental is their gender. For every character you are going to want to check the gender box on their interview sheet: Male, Female or Undecided. Most … Continue reading

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Write Your Novel Step by Step (16) “What’s in a Name?”

In the last step you added some truly outlandish characters to your growing potential cast. Now in this step, you’ll interview all the folks that showed up to be in your story to learn a bit more about them, to … Continue reading

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Write Your Novel Step by Step (15) “Outlandish Characters”

In the last step you added some unusual characters to your story, but not so unusual that they couldn’t easily be explained. In this step we’ll pull out all the stops and list some completely inappropriate characters that would take … Continue reading

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Write Your Novel Step by Step (14) “Unusual Characters”

In the previous step you added to your cast list some characters who would not raise an eyebrow if they showed up in your story’s world. Now, let yourself go a bit (but just a bit) and list a number … Continue reading

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Write Your Novel Step by Step (13) “The Usual Characters”

In the previous step, you added characters implied by your synopsis to your potential cast list. Range a little wider now, and jot down some characters that aren’t explicitly mentioned or even implied but wouldn’t seem particularly out of place … Continue reading

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Write Your Novel Step by Step (12) “Expected Characters”

In Step 11 you made a list of all the characters explicitly named in your revised synopsis. Now list all the characters that your synopsis doesn’t specifically name, but that would almost be expected in such a story. Include any … Continue reading

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Write Your Novel Step by Step (11) “Who’s There?”

Congratulations! You’ve completed the first part of your journey toward a completed novel. It was a heck of a lot of work, but it is all about to pay off. From here on out, we’ll be drawing on material you’ve … Continue reading

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Write Your Novel Step by Step (10)

Smoothing Out the Bumps In Step 9 you integrated all your new material into your existing synopsis to create an all-inclusive description of your story’s world. In this step you’ll move things around and reword them so that your revised … Continue reading

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