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Want Your Characters to Stand Out? Give Them a Skill

by Angela Ackerman

potter's skilled hands working with clay

One worry that can plague writers is whether their characters are original enough or not. After all, readers meet a lot of characters over time, so how can writers make sure their characters are fresh and interesting? How can they make sure their story’s cast has that WOW factor that ensures they stay with readers long after the book closes?… Read the post

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Character Building for Pantsers

Angela Ackerman

A common frustration for Pantsers is being told that the way they write is “wrong” and what they should do instead is plan more so their first draft will hold together better. This happens because Plotters are focused on ensuring their first draft is structurally sound so revising will be easier.… Read the post

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Do Your Characters Fight in a Way That Advances Your Story?


by Jenny Hansen

Today we’re going to open a discussion here at WITS about how your characters fight.

Some of my posse from More Cowbell, who also hang out here, have heard the terms "dirty" and "clean" fighting.

Those of you who are new to the concept are likely scratching your heads wondering, "What is all this Dirty/Clean Fighting business, and why do I want to know about it?"… Read the post

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The Rocky Road to Me ...

By Florence Fois

I would like to thank Laura Drake and those here at WITS for this gracious invitation to share my journey. I have spent many a happy hour reading the talented women who contribute to this blog and feel honored to be counted in their company.… Read the post

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Plot vs. Character – Which Side are You On?

Before I jump into today's post, I just want to remind you to stop back on Friday for our next Fabulous Friday guest blogger, multi-published author, Louisa Bacio!

Part 1 of a series

This part brought to you by Laura Drake.… Read the post

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