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What makes a good character?

That’s a very good question. The best characters are flawed. They are neither wholly good or wholly evil. They do their best with good or bad results. In short, they are like real people. They drink, swear, and lie. They

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Scenes

Scenes are the building blocks of stories. They have structure of their own. They have beginnings, middles, and ends. Except for the first scene in a story, the beginning of a scene should hook the reader, just like the beginning

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Endings

A few weeks ago, I wrote about starting a story and what makes a good opening for a story. Now I’m going to talk about the ending for a story because a good beginning, or opening, is not enough you

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Opening Lines

A good opening sentence can make or break a story. The entire story can hinge on that one sentence. That’s not always the case, but readers need to want to continue reading, so the opening sentence has to be good.

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Deadlines

If you have trouble getting motivated to write something or do something, you might find it helpful to set a deadline. A deadline is just a due date. A deadline can spur you to do whatever it is that you

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Finding Inspiration and letting the words flow

Inspiration often comes in the form of ideas or words for me. When I want to write something the word just flow out of me onto the computer screen. If the words don’t flow, I know that I am not

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The Wise Character

Every story has a protagonist. Every story has an antagonist. Just how villainous your antagonist is, depends on the circumstances in the story. Both the protagonist and antagonist often have a character that they turn to for advice. Someone they

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