Category Archives: Practical Tips

Fire Your Protagonist

Many authors start with a Protagonist and then build a cast of characters around him or her. But as a story develops, it may turn out that one of the other characters becomes more suited for that role. Sticking with … Continue reading

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Creating Characters from Plot

Introduction If you already have a story idea, it is a simple matter to create a whole cast of characters that will grow out of your plot. In this lesson we’re going to lay out a method of developing characters … Continue reading

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Characters – The Attributes of Age

Introduction Writers tend to create characters that are more or less the same age as themselves. On the one hand, this follows the old adage that one should write about what one knows. But in real life, we encounter people … Continue reading

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Using Character Names from Someone Else’s Story

A writer recently asked: I purchased your Storyweaver, because I’ve had many stories rumbling around in my head for years. Several of them are adaptations of old tv dramas and old movies. My stories are totally different from the originals, … Continue reading

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New Interactive Index Card Software – Just $9.95

I love index cards. I hate index cards. They are the best way to organize and re-organize my thoughts and story concepts before I write. But, they are time-consuming to fill out, impossible to edit, and UG-LY when stuck to … Continue reading

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Cliches, Dead Words, and Overused Phrases

Contributed by Teresa Darnold  A character can be seen as being more thoughtful or more creative if they say things that are inventive and unique. Phrases that the reader has never heard or read before will seem new and fresh … Continue reading

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Character Arc 101

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Character Interests (Likes and Dislikes)

“Snakes… Why did it have to be snakes….???” What a character likes and dislikes takes the curse of its larger than life stature. Whether you are writing a novel, play, screenplay, or teleplay, your characters loom in the hearts and … Continue reading

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How to Structure Your Story’s Theme

By Melanie Anne Phillips Your thematic message (moral of the story) has two sides: the Issue and the Counterpoint. The Issue is the human quality under examination in your story (such as greed) and the Counterpoint is the opposite trait … Continue reading

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Success or Failure?

A story without a clear indication of success or failure is a failure with your readers or audience. You need to work out exactly how the audience will know the goal is achieved or not. This might seem obvious in … Continue reading

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