Killing Characters

I remember the first time I killed a character. I cried for a day and then resurrected him. I’ve since gotten better at killing them. One of my writer friends once said “I kill people for a living”. I don’t know if she was quoting someone else, but her words stuck with me. She meant […]

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5 Ways to Create Fantastical Beasts and Peoples!: Mythology

English: Stone carvings at St Mary’s church (16) Two more fantastical creatures, perhaps a dragon and a cat(?) standing on its back legs. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Myths are found in every culture from Ancient Greece to Pre-Columbian Cuba. Myths are stories of important events and people from the past. Most times these stories have fantastical […]

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NaNoWriMo Rescue

  National Novel Writing Month is coming up fast – just a month away – and I’m getting excited. Whether you have trouble meeting the 50k word goal or want to stretch yourself a bit more, this month’s blogs were tailor-made for you. First up is the 7 Point Plot Structure, styled after the popular […]

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Extreme Fiction

Now for Writer Block’s guest blogger! Alina Chase will be appearing with weekly tips and tricks from her WIP about time-management, motivation, and creativity for writers. ———————————————– Extreme Fiction Fiction takes plenty of bad traits to extremes, but can’t people also be too good for their own good?  Of course! Look what trouble your characters […]

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Raise Reader Tension: Main Characters

How can you increase reader tension? I mentioned that it isn’t the character that has to feel the tension but the reader. One way to achieve this is through tweaks to your main characters. Remember that surprise is key to reader tension. One reason readers become complacent is that over time, they learn to predict […]

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