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WoW: Creating Flawed Characters

Flawed characters? Yup. You read that right. If we want to produce marketable stories, our characters have to be imperfect people—just like us. OK, you already knew that, right? Well, I can be kinda slow to catch on to things. … Continue reading

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It’s All in Your Head—Bring Your Characters to Life Through Interior Monologue

I recently read A Memory Between Us, a WWII historical romance by Sarah Sundin, and was struck by how well she uses interior monologue. I invited her to share her tips. If you’re like me, you’ll print this post to … Continue reading

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WoW: Conquering Clichés

Tried and true. That could be said of clichés, yes. Everyone knows what they mean, making the message being conveyed as clear as a bell . . . but as dull as dishwater. So, what’s a writer to do about … Continue reading

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WoW: Repetition for a Reason

No, no, no! How many times have a said that to myself when editing my work? I’ll see needless repetition, shake my head while muttering those words, and rework things to get rid of the redundancy. However, repetition can serve … Continue reading

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