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Character ArcThe character arc is like the bridge that spans the river of your plot. The wider the river, the longer the bridge. And likewise, the longer the river, the more bridges there will likely be.Character Arc by C-A-Harland More Like This
The Step-Sheet Guide to Plotting: Part OneLast week, I wrote a journal for projecteducate about basic plotting techniques for writers fairly new to plotting. (You can find that here.) With NaNoWriMo coming up in a little over a month, and with some of you participating in NaNoPlotMo in September, I thought now would be a perfect time to expand. This will not be a basic plotting guide like the previous one. These series of articles are for very in-depth planning, and will go over the five-act structure, step-sheets with on-screen and off-screen scenes, and character development. (I'm saving character development for last, although you should probably have a general outline for characters before starting a step-sheet.)The Step-Sheet Guide to Plotting: Part One by BloodSplotchedInk More Like This
Novels and Shorts - Plotting the Easy WayCommunity WeekNovels and Shorts - Plotting the Easy Way by BloodSplotchedInk More Like This
Which point of view is right for you?I came across a comment on PowerfulWriting asking about which point of view to use when there is more than one protagonist in your story. My immediate thought was third person. But which type of third person perspective? And how different is third person to first person when writing a novel? Curiosity got the better of me, so I created this:Which point of view is right for you? by InklingsOfOblivion More Like This
Punctuation, Clauses, Sentences and ListsBasic PunctuationPunctuation, Clauses, Sentences and Lists by DoloriferousFrost More Like This
A Guide to Writing DialogueWhat is dialogue, exactly? The definition from Merriam-Webster’s dictionary was several lines long, so I shall summarize it in a short sentence for the sake of the readers; it’s the writing that illustrates conversations between two or more characters in a story. We read and hear it all around us, but creating it in your own work can be a challenge. However, if you find dialogue an obstacle in your writing, then don’t push the panic button. In this tutorial, you’ll find by analyzing what dialogue can do and how to use it, you can turn your greatest fear into your greatest ally in your story.A Guide to Writing Dialogue by tie-dye-flag More Like This
7 Quick Tips for Writing Dialogue1) Dialogue in fiction is nothing like how people talk in real life. It’s fine to use "as heard in real-life" phrasing, but real-life dialogue is often meaningless. Every single word spoken in fiction must be dripping with meaning. If it has more than one meaning (subtext), all the better.7 Quick Tips for Writing Dialogue by illuminara More Like This
Character Themes TemplateHow to use this template:Character Themes Template by C-A-Harland More Like This
Dear Novelist: To Edit or not to EditDEAR NOVELISTDear Novelist: To Edit or not to Edit by Mirrasae More Like This
Tips for the Messy WriterWhen the Muse StrikesTips for the Messy Writer by LiliWrites More Like This
How to Develop Story ConflictHow to Develop Story Conflict by illuminara More Like This
11 Awesome Websites for Writers11 Awesome Websites for Writers by LauraMartinArt More Like This
WritersInk Allegory WorkshopThis is a repost from WritersInkWritersInk Allegory Workshop by C-A-Harland More Like This
How I overcome writer's block.I'm by no means an authority on writing, but I do have eight unpublished novels under my belt. I hope that in sharing some of the lessons I've learned along the way, others might dodge a few literary hurdles. I don't believe all writers write alike, so I don't expect that my own approach to prose will work for everyone. Maybe not anyone. But if you glean something from my experiences, I'm glad to help.How I overcome writer's block. by Mirrasae More Like This
Show It, Don't Tell ItOne of the many things that make me hit the back button, put down the short story, or return the book to the library is "telling". The minute the author decides to state that "X was angry" or "Y was bored", I get angry or I get bored. I've seen this issue for years--heck, I used to have this issue myself--in both fanfiction and original fiction alike, and while many reviewers/commenters often call out the author on it, they never really explain the concept. Thus, the poor beleaguered newbie gets hate over something he/she may not fully grasp.Show It, Don't Tell It by GoldenNocturna More Like This
Allegory Writing: The Art of Philosophers.Allegory Writing: The Art of PhilosophersAllegory Writing: The Art of Philosophers. by aillin1 More Like This
A Guide to (Useful) Character Reference SheetsThis guide won't give you a character sheet to fill out, but will walk you through the key features of character reference sheets (CRS), why pre-designed ones are useless, and give you tips on creating one that will be far more useful than any pre-existing questionnaires. Let’s get started.A Guide to (Useful) Character Reference Sheets by justMANGO More Like This
All fonts for dAAll fonts for dA by mik-68 More Like This
Guide to Advanced CritiquesTutorial IndexGuide to Advanced Critiques by exarobibliologist More Like This
Reading as a WriterHave you ever set down a book for good because you found something in it you don’t like? If you want to write, I suggest that bad habit end now.Reading as a Writer by Faraleigh More Like This
Tips on Avoiding Word ConfusionWord confusion. You’re and your. To, two, and too. Their, they’re, and there. Effect and affect. Its and it’s. Then and than. Who’s and whose. Get the point? Good. Now learn the difference between these words.Tips on Avoiding Word Confusion by TheBloodyEpicPumpkin More Like This
The Devil's in the DetailsImagine for a moment a time not so far from now. All your hard work has come to fruition. You’ve been published. You’ve made bestseller lists. You’ve won over hordes of fans. There are tours and signings and interviews. You’ve even been invited to speak at a convention where no one can get enough of you. You’re the life of the party and the star of the panel. Then the floor opens up for questions. Your self-proclaimed greatest fan ever is the first to the microphone. They excitedly ask why Bob, though clearly literate, always signs his name as just an X. To which you reply, “Well, I just thought it was an interesting quirk.”The Devil's in the Details by Faraleigh More Like This
The Necessity of Flaws in CharacterizationOkay. Close your eyes (well, maybe just one) and imagine your favorite fictional character. Are they strong? Compassionate and giving? Witty and clever? Wise and intelligent? No matter the make-up of their awesomeness, they probably bring a smile to your face and that warm, fuzzy feeling to your insides. You probably remember vividly their adventures and hijinks, their clever retorts, or how amazing they were at figuring out some wild and crazy puzzle. They probably inspired your own writing. You probably wanted to recreate that smile and fuzzy feeling with your own readers, so you made your version of the character (or took some of their traits) and integrated them into your prose.The Necessity of Flaws in Characterization by Faraleigh More Like This
To War Against the Dialogue Tags!I am waging a war. Consider this your invitation to join my army.To War Against the Dialogue Tags! by Faraleigh More Like This