August 10th, 2016

Using Internal Conflict to Create Plot

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Janice Hardy, @Janice_Hardy

A lot of focus gets put on the core conflict of a novel--the main problem the protagonist has to solve to win. It's no wonder since that's the whole point of the book, but sometimes, when we look too hard at the external problems, we miss out on opportunities to let the internal problems muck things up.… Read the post

June 19th, 2015

How Judgmental Are Your Characters?

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Janice Hardy, @Janice_Hardy

Scales of Justice

In real life, being judgmental might cause a few problems, but in fiction, it's something every character should aspire to. How characters--especially the point of view characters--judge the world around them shows readers what that world is like and how it works (and even non-genre writers need to world build, it's just a little different in the details).… Read the post

April 18th, 2014

Do You Know Your Novel's Theme?

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Theme is an often misunderstood and underused aspect of a novel. Years of English classes have made us think that theme is something reserved for literary novels or stories with deep, meaningful messages, not for commercial fiction and good old fashioned stories.… Read the post


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