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Unlikeable Characters; What’s Not To Like?

Unlikeable Characters; What’s Not To Like? | Fiction Writing Articles | Scoop.it
Now fret not, this is not another discussion on book blagging or any of that shebang (I am officially past all that; well I am now I made that small joke) and in a much lovelier place. Anyway, digr...
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Something to think about. Readers like to dislike characters.

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The Single Most Powerful Writing Tool You’ll Ever See That Fits On One Page

The Single Most Powerful Writing Tool You’ll Ever See That Fits On One Page | Fiction Writing Articles | Scoop.it
Quick note… I have two killer guest posts running today:  At www.bloggingtips.com… and http://the-new-author.blogspot.com.  Hope you’ll check ‘em out!
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I'd only add a few questions.

 

What is the emotion you hope to incite in each scene?

 

What is the greater context behind the story?

 

What frame, POV, or device would give it more depth or openness?

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Good to Great: Nail a Better Concept To Empower Your Story

Good to Great: Nail a Better Concept To Empower Your Story | Fiction Writing Articles | Scoop.it
Pop quiz: what is the CONCEPT of your story? I ask this of all of my story coaching clients, right at the top.  The answers are frustratingly all over the map.  And yet, I believe it is one of the
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Having a solid concept makes it possible to write a solid story from the first draft. Larry (and Robert in the comments) shows how to dig deeper and get past *circumstance* into concept.

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The Fascinatingly Flexible Political Subtext of 'The Hunger Games ...

The Fascinatingly Flexible Political Subtext of 'The Hunger Games ... | Fiction Writing Articles | Scoop.it
But in viewing the two films back-to-back this week, another theory seems worth mentioning as well: the series' political subtext, which is present and potent, yet flexible enough to latch on to the ideology of your choice.
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That kind of ambiguity is desireable. It intrigues. It's controversial without taking sides. It gets people talking. And it's memorable. What author doesn't want all that?

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Essential writing skills: introducing the three sorts of editing

Essential writing skills: introducing the three sorts of editing | Fiction Writing Articles | Scoop.it
I'm often asked how it is that I manage to write so much in such a short time. The key word here is ‘process’ – and when it comes to process, one of the biggest time pay-offs is editing. It’s a pro...
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What he calls content editing an also be called developmental editing, structural editing, and revising (re-envisioning, as I like to think of it).

 

I'd also contend that many people think of proofreading when they think of editing.

 

All three are essential to good writing, especially when you're starting out.

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How to Create a Strong Character: Give Them Flaws | Jami Gold, Paranormal Author

How to Create a Strong Character: Give Them Flaws | Jami Gold, Paranormal Author | Fiction Writing Articles | Scoop.it
We’re almost through with the list of how to create strong characters.  So far, we’ve ensured they had goals and contrasted their self-image and persona.  Next up… Do They Have Flaws?
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If your character isn't flawed, then you're writing a daydream, not a story.

 

Flaws are interesting. They're beautiful in their own way. They add conflict, and contradiction, and inevitable mistakes.

 

Without flaws, one of three things is true.

1) You have no conflict.

2) Your character is a victim.

3) Your character is purely altruistic.

None of the three makes an interesting story.

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Make Your Story Richer with In-depth Knowledge of Your ...

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Poorly developed characters won't move a story forward, no matter how compelling the plot. Author Reese Ryan discusses ways to create memorable and believable characters.
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The astrological trick is excellent, especially if your library has  "The Secret Language of Birthdays: Personology Profiles for Each Day of the Year" by Gary Goldschneider. It's incredibly detailed, and the possibilities are nearly endless.

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Shakespeare, Macbeth, and the Gunpowder Plot - Aleteia

Shakespeare, Macbeth, and the Gunpowder Plot - Aleteia | Fiction Writing Articles | Scoop.it
Shakespeare, Macbeth, and the Gunpowder Plot
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Several Shakespearean scholars read the failed Gunpowder Plot in the subtext of Macbeth. Did he sympathize with the conspirators? 05.11.2013. PRINT.
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What other genius tributes to it exist? (I have to admit, the scriptwriting for V for Vendetta was pretty genius. )

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