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Tag: Writing Craft

4 Tips For Memorable Characters From Jack Sparrow

by Lisa Hall-Wilson

Color illustration of a portrait of the character Jack Sparrow as played by Johnny Depp.

Captain Jack Sparrow, love him or hate him, most people FEEL something for the irascible pirate. What is it about Captain Jack that makes him so memorable? Anti-hero. Failed pirate. I mean, I find Jack hilarious, but would I necessarily want him in my life….… Read the post

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How to Format Dialogue in Novels

The Art of Clear Conversations

By Sandy Vaile

Silhouettes of three people seated in a semicircle. A woman on the left has a notebook & is holding a pen & is looking up at  a speech bubble above her head. The man on the right also has a speech bubble above his head. The man in the center has a question mark above his head.

Dialogue in fiction stories is a reliable way of bringing characters to life and immersing readers in their lives, but for it to be effective, it needs to be understood. As Michel de Montaigne said in his essay, On the Art of Conversation, “The most fruitful and natural exercise of the mind … is conversation.”… Read the post

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A Powerful Plot Point is a Strategy for a Successful Story
Photograph of a road sign on a tree-lined street that is labeled "turning point" with a black line representing a road that dead ends shortly after a left turn.

There are hundreds of books and classes that insist a writer must start with a story with a specific story structure. This implies that anyone who doesn’t use that method is writing their stories the wrong way. Some writers avoid structure, saying it stifles their creativity.… Read the post

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Writing from Within: Crafting Internal Narratives

By Janice Hardy, @Janice_Hardy

Internalization breathes life into your characters and allows readers to connect with them on a deeper level.

What sets a novel apart from a movie or play is the ability to see inside the character’s head and understand what makes them tick.… Read the post

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I Was Right All Along - How to Write the Right Way

by Johnny B. Truant

one way street signs going different directions in a comic book style


This post came to my email. I thought it would lead to some fun discussion, so I asked if we could share it here at WITS. With Johnny's permission, here's some (hopefully bloodless) food for thought!… Read the post

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