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Character Development Through the Passage of Time New!

Character attitudes and sentiments must develop as the story progresses. Whether a character saturates the pages with his presence, or if he has disappeared for a few pages or more (even for a few hours), the character must exhibit something new or redescribed to align...

Should You Quit Writing? New!

Writing as a vocation is a love-hate relationship. It is an art often romanticized as an elusive muse that needs taming in order for it to flow. This rings true for the writer who is yet to be published. At some point, an aspiring man...

The Quick-Paced, Formulated Story New!

Quick-paced, formulated fiction has a bad reputation among many writers. This story structure is highlighted by stereotypical heroes and heroines where introspection takes a back seat as events are narrated through action. The plot is the selling point, and readers are less invested in the characters. The...

Background Story in Your Story New!

Part of which makes characters believable are their background stories. It is the component that makes readers love or hate them. Any character devoid of their own what, when, why, who, where, and how becomes unrealistic and forgettable. But in fiction, too much of anything...

7 Favorite Claimants to Shakespeare’s Authorship (Part 2) New!

Christopher Marlowe Marlowe was just two years older than Shakespeare and had the required talent to pull it off. Marlowe’s death was said to be faked, or that he kept working covertly while bleeding from a stab wound for twenty years. Under the protection of his...

7 Favorite Claimants to Shakespeare’s Authorship (Part 1) New!

As Shakespeare’s plays oozed with grace and expertise, it has bred envious scrutiny as a number of people throughout history claimed that the Bard was simply a stooge who allowed his name to be used by someone greater, who refused the prestigious credit of becoming...

Defining Character Relationship Through Sex New!

During the conservative era of literature, the depiction of sex was considered taboo and was better left in the sanctity of the bedroom. But times change, and defiant writers believed that sex as a natural, biological function must be depicted. Otherwise, all things that come...

Supporting Characters as Source of Information New!

Internal monologue, action, and dialogue may reveal character, but how far can the writer allow it? Most of us are familiar with this Aristotelian maxim: Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom. It is a question worth applying to fictional characters. In the application...

Avoiding Excessive Stream of Consciousness New!

Stream of consciousness or internal monologue reveals additional information on a character’s thoughts and reveals motivation. Modern-day writers must observe caution in using this technique. It has changed according to the tastes and trends of the times. Stream of consciousness gained favor during the twentieth...

The Myth About Fictional Characters

A three-dimensional character is one of the sturdy foundations of an effective story. How many times have you often heard readers saying that they didn’t like the characters because they are flat, or that they don’t jump out of the pages? This creates anxiety for...