Posted on 05/23/2019 at 03:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Pretending that your characters — heroes and villains alike — are on a therapist’s couch, with you as the therapist,...

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Posted on 05/05/2019 at 12:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Zara Altair makes a keen observation about the mystery novel: While the detective/sleuth is generally the hero, the victim might...

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Posted on 04/21/2019 at 12:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

In honor of spring and the yard work we’re doing, here’s a post on growth ... character growth, that is....

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Posted on 04/17/2019 at 09:30 AM by Guest Author

Developing characters for a story can prove to be a challenging task. Find out what questions can help shape each...

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Posted on 04/16/2019 at 09:00 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

You’re told not to limit yourself to writing what you know. And then you see another book pulled from publication...

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Posted on 04/04/2019 at 09:18 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

We’ve shared many a post about developing characters in adult fiction — but creating the perfect protagonist is just as...

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Posted on 03/14/2019 at 11:06 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

“Don’t tell us that the old lady screamed. Bring her on and let her scream.” — Mark Twain Writer’s Digest...

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Posted on 03/04/2019 at 04:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

The most compelling characters, whether they’re heroes or villains, are those with multiple facets to their personality. As Sacha Black...

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Posted on 02/25/2019 at 03:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Louise Harnby has a polite suggestion to authors seeking to convey accents in their works: Don’t try to use phonetic...

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Posted on 01/22/2019 at 01:05 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

A critical part of character development is depicting their emotions clearly and accurately. Angela Ackerman, who has literally written the...

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