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The Mean, the Bad, and the Nasty—Writing Villains

May 4, 2011 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

Antagonists can be fun to write. Yet, to be good foils for your protagonists, they need depth and layers. They need logical reasons to oppose the story’s main character. Write worthy antagonists.

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Don’t Write the Bland and the Boring

May 2, 2011 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

Fiction characters both on screen and on the page require lives of volatility and change and conflict. They need anything but peace. They need events intruding and messing up their plans. They need other characters to challenge them, to put obstacles in their paths. They need confrontation and trials. And they need to take risks.

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Don’t Call Me Ishmael—Name that Character

April 29, 2011 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

However characters come to you, they’ll need names. And it’s your job to give them names that reflect their personality, history, experiences, hopes, and even the future that they’ll have stepped into by the end of your story. Learn tips for creating character names that fit.

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Equip Your Characters

March 17, 2011 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

Writers are like God, creating worlds and populating them with characters who fit those worlds. Equip characters to navigate your fictional universe.

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First Impressions and Introductions

March 6, 2011 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

What firsts do readers look for in stories? The introduction of the protagonist, the first clash between main character and his chief antagonist, the first meet between hero and heroine? Put reader expectations to use and write strong introductions and firsts.

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Sex in Fiction—Do They or Don’t They?

March 3, 2011 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

Not all novels contain sex scenes, but for those that do, the sex needs to fit genre and character and plot. Learn what it takes to add sex to fiction.

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The Psychology of Character

February 17, 2011 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

In good fiction, characters act in ways that make sense for who they are. When their actions are out of character, the fiction is weakened and readers no longer believe the words on the page. Learn about character motivation and how to weave it into your story.

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Creating Fictional Characters

November 7, 2010 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

Fictional characters have kept us all company, have fed our dreams, may even have haunted our nightmares. Learn tips for writing memorable fictional characters.

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