Posted on 10/22/2021 at 12:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

It’s easy to point to the external factors that keep us from getting what we want — and requires a...

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Posted on 10/20/2021 at 10:23 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

History is packed with compelling figures whose stories beg to be told – or imagined. Author Patti Callahan Henry has...

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Posted on 10/13/2021 at 11:22 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

You know your main character needs someone — or something — to fight against, in order to keep readers turning...

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Posted on 10/12/2021 at 12:46 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Don’t let Halloween’s approach lead you astray when it comes to writing an antagonist. Sure, that character will need some...

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Posted on 09/29/2021 at 12:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Characters whose main job is to move the plot along are certainly welcome in your story … as long as...

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Posted on 09/28/2021 at 12:38 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Dave Chesson is taking us back to high school and college literature courses. The topic: character archetypes. Chesson first clarifies...

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Posted on 09/24/2021 at 12:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Stephanie Marie Thornton, author of a spy thriller, has never worked in an intelligence agency. But firsthand knowledge isn’t required...

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Posted on 09/07/2021 at 12:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

C.S. Lakin has a long post on character development that urges you to cut to the chase. Don’t waste time...

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Posted on 08/26/2021 at 04:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

We all (hopefully) know how friendships can enrich our lives. So too can they enrich your novel, says author Jasmin...

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Posted on 08/25/2021 at 02:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Authors have long used their real lives as inspiration for fiction — and weighed the pros and cons of doing...

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