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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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One Life That Lasts a Thousand Years

Would you rather live one life that lasts 1,000 years, or 10 lives that last 100 years each? Both sound awful. Part of me thinks that the continuity of a single life would have more advantages, though. You could continue to build on what you have, without having to repeat childhood and assorted learning curves. […]

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Coming Up with Character Names

There was a time when I owned an extensive collection of baby name books. Coming up with character names was a time-consuming process. Now I use random name generator websites, which has sped up the process considerably. For incidental characters, where I might just need a first or last name, I’ll generate 10 or 25 […]

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Introducing Your Supporting Cast

This is where I get technical and “plotty”. Introducing the supporting cast can’t be an info dump. Within the first act, though, every major supporting character has to make an appearance or at least be alluded to. It’s a Chekhov’s Gun thing with me. If the main character is going to visit their grandmother in […]