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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...

Whose Story Is It?

Whenever you sit down to plot a story (or even to think about a story) one of the first things you have to ask yourself is this: “Whose story IS it?” It seems like a simple question – but your story can succeed or fail depending on how you handle...