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How To Create Memorable Characters: 8 Little-Known Sleights of Hand

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Do we always have to create memorable characters?


It depends on the genre.

In an all-action thriller focused on pace and plot, everyone but the key players can be wafer-thin. They’re disposable.

The same is often true of detective fiction, even the quality sort. In John Dickson Carr’s famous ‘locked room’ mysteries, the only rounded character is the sleuth, Gideon Fell, and he’s larger than life.

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How To Become a Good Writer: 50 Quotes From The Greats

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You want to write.

But you’re not sure if that makes you a writer.

And you don’t just want to be any kind of writer; you want to become a good writer.

It’s an exciting goal, but what’s the pathway?

How to you get there?

We’ve collected 50 inspiring quotes from writers for you. These writers share their experience of how to become a good writer.

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How To Keep Writing: 5 Tricks To Sneak Past Perfectionism

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Have you been sitting in front of your computer for what feels like hours?

You know the feeling.

Typing a few words, deleting them, groaning in frustration, getting a couple of sentences down only to decide they’re not quite right…

You’re about ready to tear your hair out.

You recognize what’s happening, of course. Your inner perfectionist is rearing its obnoxious head,

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101 Writing Tips To Improve Your Writing Today

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So you want to become a better writer?

It’s a noble ambition.

Writing is a demanding craft and if you want to get better, you must practice every part of the craft.

If you’re writing fiction, for example, you’re probably more concerned with telling a great story than the copywriter who lies awake at night worrying about call-to-actions.

But, what if you want to improve your fiction writing skills,

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What’s the Story Here? [Creative Writing Exercise]

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It’s time for a creative writing exercise! Whether you write fiction or non-fiction, you need to boost your creativity.

Take a look at the image above.

What’s the story?

Can you come up with a mini-drama of not more than 350 words?

Here’s how it works:

  • We set the scene
  • You make it your own, and
  • Share your creation in the comments section of this post

 Now for the ground rules:

  • Your story must be 350 words or less.

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How to Plot a Story (Even If Plotting Scares You Silly): 7 Sure-Fire Ways

how to plot a storyCan a story work without a structure?

Of course not.

But a structure itself is not a plot.

A structure is a Holiday Inn. A plot is a Gaudi cathedral. It has twists, turrets, flying buttresses…

So how do we find a plot?

The instinctive way is to start with a strong idea, incident or character. Introduce conflict. Then see what happens.

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Scared to Write What You Really Think? Why it Will Make You a Better Writer

write what you really thinkThe memory still sends shivers down your spine. Maybe it was a post you wrote on Facebook or on your own blog. You hit Enter or Publish, congratulated yourself, and moved on to your next task. An hour later, a reply! And the first three words were… How dare you Your heart started beating a mile a minute.

No Time, No Money, No Motivation to Write? Here’s What to Do

ZZ4D09932AWhy aren’t you writing? I’ll bet you have a host of reasons lined up. You’re ill, you’re busy, your writing stinks, your house is a mess, your kids are a pain, and you don’t have any time, money, or motivation. Writing is important to you—but it’s also scary. I get that! You risk embarrassment, failure and the scorn of your friends and family.

What Are YOU Writing?

what-writing-400What are you working on right now? Please share YOUR writing with us here at WTD. So what are you writing? A novel? A blog post? Your best article ever? A poem? A film script? Maybe you've just finished something you're really proud of? Or you just can't tell whether it should get a Pulitzer or be thrown into the trash? Here's your chance to share and discuss with each other what you're writing about.

5 Elements for Crafting a Compelling Story Your Audience Will Love

captivate readersAs a writer, you want people to pay attention to what you have to say… But with people processing over 100,000 digital words every day, you’ve got your work cut out. With so much clutter and noise, how can you possibly stand out and get your words noticed? This article will give you the answer.