5 Reasons Why Your Protagonist Needs to Have Imperfections

By on Apr 12, 2017 in Fiction, Writing Tips

It’s a fact of life that people are imperfect. In real life, we have flaws, insecurities and phobias that can sometimes take over our daily lives and become a part of us. When writing fiction, it’s very easy to fall into the trap of creating the perfect protagonist that is always confident, self-aware and makes no mistakes. However, it is important to remember that...

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How Not to Write a Novella

By on Mar 26, 2017 in Fiction, Writing Tips

Novella is the form between a short story and a novel. As such, it has elements of both of them. A novella tells a story that can easily be expanded into a full novel. On the other hand, the events in a novel happen in a limited amount of time, within a single setting, although, this is not strictly necessary, as long as the writer can easily explain how the...

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How to Create Unforgettable Characters

By on Mar 25, 2017 in Fiction, Writing Tips

One of the markers of a good book is wonderful characters. Characters that leap out of the pages and gain substance – you can almost touch them. However, creating them is not easy, nor is it formulaic. You cannot simply download a computer program, input certain character traits as parameters and spawn an interesting protagonist with a supporting cast. Instead, we...

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5 Manuscript Errors That Are Hampering Your Chances of Getting Published

By on Mar 19, 2017 in Fiction, Writing Tips

When eBooks appeared on the map, there was a blast. But the biggest consequence was that indie writers didn’t need to wait for a publishing house to choose their book – goodbye rejection letters, right? Best of all, now you don’t need a lot of money to pay to self-publish. You could do it online, which costs very little. So, as a result, it would be easy to assume...

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5 Signs That Your Protagonist is Unlikable

By on Mar 17, 2017 in Fiction, Writing Tips

Some stories are driven by antiheroes. Other stories are driven by protagonists whose morale is of a dubious, gray nature. There are as many types of protagonists as stories. There is no need to go into that. What we are focusing on today is all the signs that show that your protagonist is developing to be unlikable – and when a character is unlikable, he or she is...

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