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How to quickly change problematic characters

The bread and butter of fiction is to create characters that take on a life of their own. Sometimes, though, those spur-of-the-moment actions break your plot. When your characters make mistakes, it can be pretty heartbreaking; you want nothing more … Continue reading

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Sympathy vs Empathy

It’s very easy to sympathize with your own characters. You created them, and you know them more intimately than any character written by anybody else–everything from their thoughts to their secret fears and worries. The dreams they’ve had, and the … Continue reading

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First draft and editing–back at work on Before and After the Wedding

It’s funny how each part of the writing process brings such different skills and benefits to it–and downsides too, I suppose. Having just experimented with first draft material for a month, I can testify to the sheer exhilaration of creating … Continue reading

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How I invent characters

Characters are mysterious creatures, in a way, and I’m sure there are nearly as many ways to invent them as there are authors. For me, I find that they seldom spring fully formed onto the page, but come to life … Continue reading

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Exhilaration and fear of a First Draft

There’s something almost magical about sitting down to write something new. I often do it with very little idea of what I’m going to be writing about. Sometimes a core scene will hit me out of the blue and I’ll … Continue reading

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