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Beware the Bumbling Bad Guy

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I’ve written a great deal about bad guys and how to create them and use them, but one problem I see from other writers is defining the villain as a super
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Links of Interest

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SHARPENING THE HOOKS: http://blog.janicehardy.com/2015/03/day-twenty-two-sharpen-hooks-and.html CREATING UNIQUE CHARACTERS:
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Mar 25

Making Your Characters Sound Different

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QUESTION: My critique partners say most of my characters sound alike in dialogue. Help! Cast all your characters with actors you are very familiar with so
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Mar 23

Making a Character Likable

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Sometimes, you can start out your story with a main character who has unpleasant elements to their personality, but a character must be likable or, at the very
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Mar 16

Making the Victim Matter

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Mystery, romantic suspense, and urban fantasy novels often start with a dead body, and the main character’s goal is to find out the who, what, when, where,
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Mar 9

The Character Trinity, resend with picture

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I first recognized the character trinity and its power in the original STAR TREK. Kirk, Spock, and McCoy were an ideal heart, mind, and action trinity. When a
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Mar 2

The Character Trinity

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I first recognized the character trinity and its power in the original STAR TREK. Kirk, Spock, and McCoy were an ideal heart, mind, and action trinity. When a
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Mar 2

So You Want to be an Author

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GoodeReads has a blog article on a British survey that rates being an author as the most desired job. Here is my comment. When I tell people I am a published
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Feb 23

Character Change and Backstory

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QUESTION: My main character used to be a bad guy, but now he’s not. He’s gone elsewhere and changed his name. How much of his past should I include? Do
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Feb 16

Viewpoint in a Battle

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You mentioned in your article on writing fight scenes that a good action screen should be told in the character's mind (viewpoint), but there's still a part
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Feb 9

Taxes and Writers

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For American Writers Only Did you know that you don't have to make a profit to write off your writing expenses? You don't even have to be published or
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Feb 2

What I've Learned About Publishing

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Publishing is a profession. Always act in a professional manner. This includes any situation where you are in public as a writer. Spelling, grammar, and
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Jan 26

Summarizing Information

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QUESTION: Should I include dialogue with minor characters in full, or should I simplify them in a few sentences skipping the entire dialogue part? Say if the
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Jan 19

How to Write a Book Blurb

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NOTE: This technique is also a good descriptive tool for queries to publishers and agents. A blurb is the book description you find on the back of a book or
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Jan 12

Book Recommendation Sites

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As a reader, I’ve joined several sites that offer specialized book recommendations, etc., but, as an author, I’ve not tried any of their services to
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Jan 5
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