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Using An App to Create Characters

There are no shortcuts in writing, but there are some jump starters. For writing itself there are prompts to catapult you into a piece. There are character development apps to help get you started with characters. These apps ask you

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Creating A Character Database

I create characters for practice. I don’t throw them out, I keep them. I do short character charts on them in a word processor. Then I store them in a rough database. OK, I stick the documents in a folder

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Character Development

Characters are an important part of a story. All stories need them. The best characters are those who feel real. Readers connect better with characters who come across as real people than they do with paper dolls. Real people have

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Reading

Writing goes hand in hand with reading. While some of us write for our own pleasure, most write to be read. To do that well, you need to study your genre.  If you want to write mysteries, read mysteries. If

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Research

Research is important and accurate research can be vital. You need it for anything you write. Fiction needs research just as much as nonfiction does. The reason is a writer needs to know what they are writing about. I find

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Remove the Padding

And now a word about padding. That’s what I call adding words to make up a word count. It happens a lot. Sometimes it happens without you being aware of what you are doing. For example, in that first sentence,

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Interim Goals And Deadlines

If you have something you want to accomplish, you set goals. I want to lose sixty pounds. I want to save a thousand dollars towards a trip. Those are good goals as far as they go, but they aren’t useful

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