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Character Sources: Ideas for Writing Sidekicks

Character Sources: Ideas for Writing Sidekicks Personally, I never have trouble coming up with outrageous sidekicks for my heroes and heroines.  (Yes, it’s a gift.) Seriously, though, I love writing secondary characters, because they don’t have to walk such a tightrope of “heroism.”  Secondary characters can be whiners or smart-alecks.  They can refuse to tip […]

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How to Write a Novel: Tip #10 Avoid Head Jumping

How to Write a Novel: Tip #10 Avoid Head Jumping The two most popular points-of-view (POVs) in fiction are First Person and Limited Third Person.  In First Person, the author writes as if he is living inside the head of the protagonist.  (“I was furious with the detective for blurting out my name.”)  Authors enjoy […]

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How to Write a Novel: Tip #6 Beware of Backstory

How to Write a Novel:  Tip #6  Beware of Backstory Aspiring fiction writers often struggle to decide how much life experience – or backstory — to reveal about a character.  As a result, new fiction writers often try to describe everything they know about that character in the first scene.  This problem is called “background […]

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How to Write a Novel: Tip #5 Characters Must Grow

  Tip #5 in the How to Write a Novel: Best Practices series:  Characters Must Grow As you’re planning how to write a novel, one of your greatest tasks will be determining how your main character will evolve throughout your genre fiction story. “The personages in a tale shall be alive, except in the case of corpses.  […]

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How to Write a Novel: Tip #3 Emotion Sells Books

Tip #3 in the How to Write a Novel: Best Practices series:  Emotion Sells Books To write a genre fiction story is an emotional experience.  To READ a genre fiction story must also be an emotional experience.  Why? In the immortal words of Literary Agent Ethan Ellenberg, “When you move readers emotionally, you sell books.” […]

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How to Write a Novel: Tip #4 Crafting Scene One

  Tip #4 in the How to Write a Novel: Tips and Best Practices series:  Crafting Scene One In a novel’s opening page, fiction writers must convey the essence of their story. What do I mean? Here’s an example:  I was once judging a fiction writing contest in which the contestant had written a pulse-pounding opening about […]

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Creature Feature: How to Write Animal Characters (Humor)

Greetings, Humans!  It is I, Prince Rael the Magnificent, beloved STAR guest columnist, writing the first Creature Feature ever to appear in the Writing Novels That Sell blog! Today’s post discusses a topic that is uppermost in the mind of every (self-respecting) writer:  How to Write Cat Characters.   Er . . . I mean, How […]

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