L.A. Kennedy

Beyond the story

Frustration is often the most important emotion for fictional characters. Their reaction to failure drives the plot. Using examples and exercises, learn ways to create frustrated characters that will draw your reader into a realistic setting. Nancy Kress Using emotion to create strong, emotional characters and move a plot is critical for any writer in …

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So where is the dividing line between major and minor characters? There isn’t one. The different levels shade into each other, and as you master the techniques appropriate to each level, you’ll be able to create each character at exactly the level of importance the story requires. Here’s how to master the techniques. Orson Scott …

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Unreliable narrators have been admired by readers and writers alike since Holden Caulfield set the gold standard—and they’re more popular than ever in today’s bestsellers. Here are 8 reliable ways to make your characters just unreliable enough to keep readers guessing. Deb Caletti The unreliable narrator … Ah, don’t you love that unsettling, page-turning, blockbuster-making …

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You simply cannot write a good novel without knowing your characters inside and out. Here are the top 10 questions you need to be able to answer about each of your characters. Brenda Janowitz You simply cannot write a good novel without knowing your characters inside and out. Here are the top 10 questions you …

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by Tiffany Yates Martin Writers are often warned off of passive “be” verbs that suck the life out of their prose—but the “be” trap of passivity can also suck the life out of your characters. Regardless of how richly developed your characters are, it’s not enough for a protagonist to simply be interesting, multifaceted, layered. …

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11 secrets to keep in mind as you breathe life into your characters through effective character description, including physical and emotional description. Rebecca McClanahan 11 secrets to keep in mind as you breathe life into your characters through effective character description, including physical and emotional description. The characters in our stories, songs, poems, and essays …

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By Victoria Curran I think it’s pretty clear that readers are divided on the strength of the writing in Fifty Shades of Grey by E. L. James. But I get why it became one of the bestselling romances of all time. It’s got everything to do with the high stakes: In choosing love, the heroine …

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Perfecting your Craft – Posted on September 26, 2019 “The pen is mightier than the sword.” Writer Edgar Bulwer-Lytton made this keen observation nearly 200 years ago, but it remains just as true today. Writing is one of the most powerful forms in existence, and a simple story can change countless lives — which is why …

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Via WriterMag I wish I’d known a writer can fix anything but a blank page. I wish I’d known the best writing comes from the gut and not from the head. I wish I’d known that, to find your voice, you have to write every day, read every day, and get out of your comfort …

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