Posted on 03/08/2020 at 12:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

C.S. Lakin and many other novelists have seen their writing process begin with the image of one particular character. As...

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Posted on 03/07/2020 at 12:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Well, okay, this isn’t every single article that Writer’s Digest has ever compiled on writing characters, but it is a...

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Posted on 03/06/2020 at 10:30 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

So many misunderstandings could possibly be averted if, in real life, we were able to hop into other people’s heads....

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Posted on 03/04/2020 at 10:23 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Most of the time (we won’t say “always”), authors want their readers to care about their protagonists. That is, as...

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Posted on 02/21/2020 at 10:41 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

The villain or culprit in your mystery should make sense once his or her guilt is revealed. But how do...

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Posted on 02/12/2020 at 01:01 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

When you create a character, you’ve likely formed a picture of him or her in addition to coming up with...

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Posted on 02/11/2020 at 10:07 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

If you liked the excerpt from Kris Spisak's new book, The Novel Editing Workbook, that we shared last week, we...

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Posted on 02/06/2020 at 09:38 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

When writing a novel, many (though not all) authors enter with a plan in place — an outline, character sketches,...

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Posted on 02/05/2020 at 12:30 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Authors are reminded that the reader must be in the head of their viewpoint character. But editor Louise Harnby has...

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Posted on 02/01/2020 at 12:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

How do you write a villain in a memoir? That’s a trick question, says author, lecturer, and coach William Kenower...

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