Great Character Arcs: 10 Tips

Well rounded characters with profound and believable plots are often what can make or break your book. We have looked at character arcs and what they are for but how do we use them to their greatest extent. The development of characters should seem natural but denote change that is interesting and unexpected. Today’s link gives us some great ways to make that possible. Subjects covered include:

  1. Who Is the Character at the Beginning?
  2. Inner Demons
  3. Perception of Self
  4. Show the Character Changing
  5. Desired or Undesired Traits
  6. What Does the Character Become?
  7. Is the Change Natural?
  8. Resistance to Change
  9. Don’t Contrive Events
  10. Who Else is Affected?

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Why Should My Character Have An Arc?

What is a character arc? Should my character have one? What should it look like? How do I use it to enrich my characters. In today’s link we discover character arcs and their validity. Here we have some really great info on them and their uses. Subjects covered include:

  1. Character arcs are not 100% necessary.
  2. However, not giving your character one can simply be laziness on your part.
  3. When someone claims a character has no arc, take a closer look.
  4. Arcs can go either way.
  5. Or, the character’s evolution may not be shaped like an arc at all.
  6. The important part of all this is change, mostly internal.
  7. If you have a main character that doesn’t require an arc—give arcs to one or more secondary characters.
  8. Two sure-fire ways to help give your character an arc.

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Make Writing Your First Novel Simple: 10 Tips

Writing a book is actually quite simple in principle. Keeping it simple is often the key to success. However, some of the very simple practices needed are often more easily said than done. Looking to master the simple stuff? Today’s link is just that, simple and to the point. A lot of people will write a top ten with advice for writing but not all are as simple and comprehensive as this. Subjects covered include:

  1. Start small.
  2. Have an outline.
  3. Have a set time to work on your book every day.
  4. Choose a unique place to write.
  5. Have a set word count.
  6. Give yourself weekly deadlines.
  7. Get early feedback.
  8. Ship.
  9. Embrace failure.
  10. Write another.

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Are You Funny Enough? 8 Tips on Writing Comedy

Even in the most serious of fiction you will, at some point need some comedic relief to break it up and make it seem more real. Writing stuff that is actually funny though can be hard. How do you get your readers to actually laugh out load? Today’s link covers eight tips on how to get the chuckles flowing. Subjects covered include:

  1. Go for the unexpected.
  2. Don’t deny anything.
  3. Have both leaders and followers.
  4. Variety is the spice of life.
  5. Use the callback.
  6. Amuse by omission.
  7. Break the format.
  8. Don’t try to be funny.

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Punctuation: Hows Yours?

Found a great page on Grammar this morning. This evening it is punctuation. Do you punctuate properly and would you even know? Punctuation is imperative in getting our message across. Check out this page. Subjects covered include:

  1. Punctuation – sense and sensibility
  2. Three main uses of commas
  3. Link and separate – the only two uses for the semi-colon
  4. The three main uses for colons
  5. The two main uses of the apostrophe
  6. Sentence endings, question and exclamation marks.

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Do You Have Perfect Grammar? 20 Common Mistakes.

Is your grammar perfect? Take the test. Today’s link includes twenty common mistakes made by writers everywhere. See how many of them you make and how not to make them. Subjects covered include:

  1. Who and Whom
  2. Which and That
  3. Lay and Lie
  4. Moot
  5. Continual and Continuous
  6. Envy and Jealousy
  7. Nor
  8. May and Might
  9. Whether and If
  10. Fewer and Less
  11. Farther and Further
  12. Since and Because
  13. Disinterested and Uninterested
  14. Anxious
  15. Different Than and Different From
  16. Bring and Take
  17. Impactful
  18. Affect and Effect
  19. Irony and Coincidence
  20. Nauseous

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Being a Writer: 6 Bits of Advice

Many people will give you advice on your writing but sometimes we need advice on being a writer. We often face similar challenges and how we handle them can have a huge effect on us as people. Today’s link is some advice on just being a writer. Subjects covered include:

  1. There’s no one path to “success”.
  2. You’re only really in competition with yourself, on any given day.
  3. The notion of “success”, or of having arrived at success, is a total and utter fallacy when you are actually serious about your craft.
  4. Remember to enjoy high moments.
  5. Writing is already hard, so don’t make it harder by constantly doubting or self-criticizing everything you’re doing.
  6. Write, and keep writing.

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