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Discomfort Zones

Discomfort Zones

Comfortable characters are boring characters. Or rather, comfortable characters make for boring story. One of the best ways to power up any work of fiction is to make your characters really, really uncomfortable. Like, really. And one of the best ways to make them...

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Always Fighting The Giant

Always Fighting The Giant

Fighting the Giant In every story, your characters are fighting the giant. Remember the story of David and Goliath?  The underdog, the under-equipped, outmatched small guy going out to the fight the clearly dominant, stronger, more powerful opponent? Fiction, at its...

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Adversity Builds Character

Adversity Builds Character

Characters Are Your Story We writers spend a lot of time working on plot, and that's great. Plots are fun. I mean, who doesn't like a murdered coworker or a cupcake bakery in trouble or a zombie invasion?? But in a lot of genre fiction--and especially...

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A Secret to Crafting Must-Read Backstory

Backstory Can Kill Story... Backstory...ugh. Or yay? Love it or hate it, backstory is essential to building a powerful, memorable character. And yet backstory can make writers pull out their hair. Why does backstory present such a problem? * It can slow the pace,...

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