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A Side Character Inside Your Own Book

Would you rather be a side character inside your own book, or the main character is someone else’s? I’m not a fan of self-inserts, even if they’re not Mary Sues. I think being a lead in someone else’s book would depend on the author and what they write. Do I get to choose? I would […]

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Give Your Protagonist Agency

This is something that I need to explain to non-writers. It’s even necessary sometimes to clarify it to “pantsers” who feel that outlining a novel restricts character development. You need to give your protagonist agency. They can’t be shuffled from scene to scene simply because you have a plan that states what’s supposed to happen. […]

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What Came First: the Plot, the Character, or Something Else

The dirty secret of my current work-in-progress is that I’m still trying to find the plot. What came first was the main character. She has goals she wants to achieve, problems that she’s trying to fix, and a lot of room for personal growth. As I continue to get a handle on who she is, […]

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Creating Thematic Subplots

Having written a lot about theme recently, I want to break down how I use it while I’m writing. The thematic statement, my authorial message, is sort of like the laws of physics in my story. If the theme is “good versus evil” and I’m making the point that evil is like entropy and always […]

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Thematic Character Arcs

In the previous post I discussed thematic stance, how each character can bring a different perspective to the topic of a theme. All of the characters might agree that a war needs to be fought. One might do so out of patriotism, another from their compassion toward the oppressed, and a third out of opportunistic […]