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5 Fun Ways to Take Advantage of Your Character’s Fears

By Janice Hardy, @Janice_Hardy

Two cartoon eyes peer fearfully out of a cardboard box in this illustration of Janice Hardy's post "5 Fun Ways to Take Advantage of Your Character's Fears."

When characters are scared about what might happen, so are your readers.

Imagine your character in a dark room, surrounded by shadows, covered in—

Thud. What was that? Is someone there?

Maybe it’s nothing. The cat chasing his tail.… Read the post

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Create Stronger Characters by Giving Them Roles

By Janice Hardy, @Janice_Hardy

Give characters a specific role like in a movie

There’s one trick I use that makes writing—and developing—my characters a whole lot easier.

I’ve always been a bit of a pantser when it comes to characters. I figure out only the basics of who they are and where they came from before I start a draft, and I learn who they are by putting them into terrible situations and seeing how they get out of it.… Read the post

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10 Ways to Get Your Story Un-Stuck

By Janice Hardy, @Janice_Hardy

When your story stalls take heart—it’s not the end of your novel.

It stinks, but every writer gets stuck from time to time. Some days, it’s a short stall and you struggle with a single scene for a few hours before figuring out how to move forward.… Read the post

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5 Ways to Add Depth to a Scene

By Janice Hardy
@Janice_Hardy

A shallow scene keeps readers from diving into the story.

Years ago, when I was editing my debut novel for my agent (The Shifter for those curious), I struggled to fix a few weak areas in the beginning.… Read the post

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A Premise Isn’t a Plot. But it’s a Good Start.

by Janice Hardy, @Janice_Hardy

You need more than a great idea to write a great novel.

Although I’ve never done an official study on this, I strongly suspect a lot of first novels are premise novels. The writer comes up with an idea and dives in, but they haven’t yet learned how to develop a protagonist with a problem, and are still a little unsure about how to plot.… Read the post

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