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8 Ways to Write Better Characters. The very first novel I, aged 20-something, wrote, is unpublished and will stay that way.

8 Ways to Write Better Characters

An ensemble coming-of-age story of four teenagers, its weaknesses are legion: tame story line, thin action, unimaginatively rendered settings, hackneyed themes (though I will say the dialogue wasn’t bad). Having now published seven novels, I look back on that manuscript and realize that underlying the shortcomings I just mentioned lies its principal flaw: poor character development. The kids just don’t pop. So I’ve been pleased to read reviews of my latest novels (the Rita Farmer mysteries) that praise the characterization—and I’ve been struck by the number of them that cite the realism of my characters’ relationships.

While plot is important, good characters can make or break your book. Four-Philosophy Ensemble. Four-Element Ensemble. A Sub-Trope of Elemental Powers, but more specific or "classic" form.

Four-Element Ensemble

Despite the idea of the "four elements" being obsolete, writers love to play with the idea in fiction. Sometimes, a writer will merely use the idea of the "four elements" for an Elemental Rock-Paper-Scissors system. Other times, however, writers will base not a character, but an entire ensemble on the classical elements. This can sometimes be used literally by giving each member of the ensemble power over the particular element. Personality Blood Types. I'm such an optimist that my doctor told me my blood type was B Positive.

Personality Blood Types

In much of Asia, especially well known in Japan, blood types are seen to determine personalities. Wikipedia summarizes this belief as follows. 25 Things You Should Know About Writing Fantasy. I don’t write fantasy.

25 Things You Should Know About Writing Fantasy

Not really. I’ve written it from time to time (my short story collection, Irregular Creatures, has some). And Blackbirds apparently counts as “urban fantasy.” Main/What You Are in the Dark. Sometimes, you surprise yourself.

Main/What You Are in the Dark

7 Steps to Creating a Flexible Outline for Any Story. Mention the word outline in a room full of writers, and you’re sure to ignite a firestorm of passionate debate.

7 Steps to Creating a Flexible Outline for Any Story

Writers either love outlines, or they hate them. We either find them liberating, or we can’t stand how confining they are. My experience has been that more often than not, those who swear they dislike outlines are thinking of them in the wrong ways. Outlines are not meant to trap you into preset ideas or sap your creativity before you start the first draft. Outlines are also definitely not meant to be lifeless Roman-numeral lists. Easy Novel Outline – Free Writing Lessons and Worksheets. Here you'll find easy novel outline techniques to plan your book step by step, along with worksheets for planning characters and scenes.

Easy Novel Outline – Free Writing Lessons and Worksheets

This is just one of many pages on this website with creative writing worksheets and advice. At the bottom, you'll find links to related pages on how to write a novel. Create A Plot Outline In 8 Easy Steps. By Glen C.

Create A Plot Outline In 8 Easy Steps

How to Write a Plot Outline: 3 Steps. List of American words not widely used in the United Kingdom. This is a list of American words not widely used in the United Kingdom.

List of American words not widely used in the United Kingdom

In Canada and Australia, some of the American terms listed are widespread; however, in some cases, another usage is preferred. Words with specific American meanings that have different meanings in British English and/or additional meanings common to both dialects (e.g., pants, crib) are to be found at List of words having different meanings in British and American English. When such words are herein used or referenced, they are marked with the flag [DM] (different meaning).Asterisks (*) denote words and meanings having appreciable (that is, not occasional) currency in British English, but nonetheless distinctive of American English for their relatively greater frequency in American speech and writing. 0–9[edit] (pronounced 'one o one') used to indicate basic knowledge; e.g., "Didn't you learn to sweep the floor in housework 101?

" A[edit] List of British words not widely used in the United States. This is a list of British words not widely used in the United States.

List of British words not widely used in the United States

In Canada, New Zealand, South Africa and Australia, some of the British terms listed are used, although another usage is often preferred. Words with specific British English meanings that have different meanings in American and/or additional meanings common to both languages (e.g. pants, cot) are to be found at List of words having different meanings in American and British English. When such words are herein used or referenced, they are marked with the flag [DM] (different meaning).Asterisks (*) denote words and meanings having appreciable (that is, not occasional) currency in American, but nonetheless notable for their relatively greater frequency in British speech and writing.British English spelling is consistently used throughout the article, except when explicitly referencing American terms. A[edit] 80 + Barriers to Love: A List of Ideas to Keep Romantic Tension High. June 24, 2014 Welcome to the third session of I love taking a little time out of my busy life to expand my knowledge, enlighten my soul and develop my talents.

Periodic Table of Storytelling. The Madwoman’s Outlining Technique. Since my WIP, Illuminate, is also the thesis project for my graduate program, I don’t have as much time as I’m used to for fiddling around and rewriting stuff. The logical response? Go absolutely crazy. The Interwebs contain lots of great information about character arcs, so in brief: In the course of a story, characters will respond to conflict on an external and internal level, and by the conclusion characters will undergo some sort of change. This creates story arcs. Every book has at least one major arc.

Im punk rock now. Jacobofrp; I'm Jay and my skills include extreme twerking and laughing at my own jokes. So recently I’ve been putting together a character who’s a drug addict and I found a fair amount of resources while doing this so I thought I’d make masterlist of them. So here’s a MASTERLIST GUIDES/INFO/RESOURCES ON ANYTHING TO DO WITH DRUGS AND ADDICTION. How to play a drug addict How to play a druggie. The Screenwriter's Bible: A Complete Guide to Writing, Formatting, and Selling Your Script: David Trottier: 9781935247029: Amazon.com. Crafty TV Writing: Thinking Inside the Box: Alex Epstein: 9780805080285: Amazon.com. Top 10 Screenwriting Lessons from the ATX Television Festival. What does it take to get an idea to the small screen? Great writing, the right connections, and the patience of a saint, according to the ATX Television Festival. This past weekend, masterminds behind some of television’s hottest shows converged in Austin, Tex., to hash out how the medium has evolved and where it’s headed in the future.

Both on-screen and behind-the-scenes talent including actors, writers, music supervisors, showrunners and executive producers, as well as reps from select web series, discussed their rise to the top and what makes a show successful. Here are the highlights. Supplement Your Education. Breaking into Television Writing. High School and College Students. Film and TV internships for college students. Screenwriting Links. Story Structure, Script Outlines, Screenplay Writing. Periodic Table of Storytelling. Self-Medication: How do you treat a bullet wound by yourself. Fandamned.

How to Format a TV Script. Once you know the basics of TV scripts, you’ll see that formatting is simple. Before you type a word, you’ll need to start by… PICKING YOUR FORMAT Unlike feature films, different styles of television shows require different formatting. If you’re writing a spec script (see INTRO TO TV WRITING) then spend some time tracking down a completed script for your show before you start writing. Alternative Words for Said. Guide for Writers: Plot and Story. A plot is not a story, nor does every story have a strong plot.

Good writers know the importance of both plot and story, especially before they dare to write a story with a “weak” or “thin” plot. Any plot can feature a love story; that illustrates the difference. Plots are events, stories reveal how characters react to those events. Creative Writing Prompts.