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Dig Deeper to Reveal Character

 He ran up the steps and knocked on the door. After a few moments, it was opened by a woman with dark curly hair and a strained expression.  What you’ve just read are two simple sentences showing a common situation. So common that the author very probably has...

Getting to Know Your Characters

Interesting characters that readers care about are the most important ‘ingredients’ in your novel. That might sound like a fairly sweeping statement, but think about it. You can have a wonderful plot with twists and turns and a humdinger of a surprise...

Beware Monotonous Interior Monologue

A monologue is a long speech by one person. It can be dramatic, or it can bore the pants off listeners (or readers, if it’s a character holding forth). The content has to be pretty dramatic for a monologue to work well. Interior monologue is a fancy name for ‘thinking...