The Glory of Young Characters

I’ve noticed that main characters, even in adult fiction, tend to be young. Even when they are not young, they are often prone to teen/ young adult traits that foster conflict. Traits like impulsiveness, lack of censorship in dialogue, rebellion, and identity crises. All of these are universal traits that people experience to greater or […]

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When NOT to Start the Book With Conflict

Who Brings A Knife To A Gun Fight? (Photo credit: Cayusa) Actually, I can think of some downsides to opening a first chapter with conflict. The reader won’t care about the character unless the type of conflict is chosen carefully because the reader won’t know the character enough to really care. To combat this, I’d […]

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Revision Step 1: Delete for Conflict!

This blog post looks at what to delete from events in order to improve clarity, voice, logic, and flow. By deleting content in your first step of revision, you won’t waste time polishing material you will only remove later on. And if deleting content leaves holes, you can brainstorm and fill the gaps with something […]

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Use Avoidance to Heighten Conflict

As I rewrite an early chapter, it would be convenient to have the main character prefer to avoid conflict. My first reaction was: no way I can do that. It will reduce my chances for conflict. But then I started thinking… The stakes in any given chapter or scene won’t let her avoid conflict. So […]

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April Fool’s – 10 Things “To Do” with Your Story

Some WONDERFUL ideas for your book. (some exceptions apply) Don’t know what to write? Just cut and paste from your favorite book. Bored with your main character? Change his name half-way through the book. Hate your bad guy’s guts? Kill him off in the second scene. Word count too short? Add random scenes to flesh […]

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