3 Writing Tips for Making Your Characters Memorable

“Remember: Plot is no more than footprints left in the snow after your characters have run by on their way to incredible destinations.” — Ray Bradbury

This post shares writing tips to help you nail your character’s appearance, actions and personality to create a memorable hero. Last time, we shared advice for writing an antagonist, but what about a main character? Creating a lasting presence for your hero can be difficult, so here three tips to help you with the process.

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  1. Fill in Their Reality

“When writing a novel a writer should create living people; people, not characters. A character is a caricature.” — Ernest Hemingway

Your character is not just a character, they are a living person. Try to create a full and rich backstory for them and imagine their whole history. Determine their motivations, desires and deeper emotions. Your audience wants a character that feels complex, not flat.

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How to Write a Villain [3 Tips for Writers]

“You don’t really understand an antagonist until you understand why he’s a protagonist in his own version of the world.” –John Rogers

This post shares tips for writers for penning a great antagonist. We love to read stories of villains, from a superhero’s nemeses to the evil stepmother. Great novels have some sort of conflict or struggle for the hero at the hand of a foe, so it’s important your character development is strong.

7883998_lWhat is an Antagonist?

The antagonist is the character that opposes the hero character in your story. He or she serves as the counterpart to the main character who makes trouble, provides conflict and could be considered the “bad guy.” Antagonists can also be main characters or the center of the plot; here are 3 tips to help you write a good one.

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How to Plot Your Novel [3 Tips for Writers]

This post shares tips for writers to help with outlining a book. Plotting your novel can be a difficult step of the writing process since many authors are full of character and theme ideas, but no clear storyline. You can visit the library and read about potential plots for your novel, but here are 3 easy tips for writers to help you find a solid outline.

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  1. “Begin with the End in Mind”

This is one of the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People for a reason! Beginning your novel by knowing where you want to take it in the end is also one of the best tips for writers trying to plot their book. Do you want the characters to live happily ever after? Will you leave a cliffhanger? Even if you’re planning a series of novels, make sure you know where you want your story to leave off and how you want readers to feel at the end.

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4 Writing Tips: How to Craft a Title

Once you’re finished writing your novel, it’s time to craft a name for it. Many people judge books by their covers or titles, so it’s important to create something attention-grabbing that’s still true to the spirit of your book. Here are 4 tips for creating a compelling book title.

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Titling Your Book: 4 Tips for Writers

  1. Get Inspired

The first step in crafting a title is to seek inspiration from your favorite books and authors. What are some of the best book names you’ve ever heard? What elements of the title drew you in? Books you’ve loved can be a great source of inspiration; one of the best tips for writers is to write in homage to their favorite authors.

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How to Write a Memoir: 5 Tips

Do you feel like you have a story to tell but aren’t sure how to write a memoir? There is a difference between this and an autobiography; a writer can pen multiple memoirs in a lifetime and only one autobiography. If you’re interested in telling your story in multiple pieces or want to share a specific part of your life, read on to learn 5 tips for how to write a memoir.

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How to Write a Memoir: 5 Tips

  1. Focus the Story

While an autobiography describes your whole life, a memoir details only a small portion of it. Make sure your story is focused on a few events and try not to add too much context or go off-topic.

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3 Tips for Writers from Famous Authors

Seeking writing tips to help you finish a novel? If you’re feeling hung up by writer’s block or suffering from a lack of inspiration, it’s helpful to know some of the most acclaimed writers felt similar at one time or another. Receiving advice from other wordsmiths can be invaluable. Here are 3 writing tips from some of the greatest authors.

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3 Tips for Writers from Famous Authors

  1. Don’t Be Afraid of the Rules

“Prose is architecture, not interior decoration.” –Ernest Hemingway

Grammar, spelling and punctuation are necessary for written communication, but focusing on little details while you write isn’t always the best way to let your story come to life. Take some advice from famous authors and write as much as you can before going back to edit small mistakes.

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How to Edit a Book Stage 3: 5 Proofreading Tips

Book editing is a lengthy and arduous process. In previous weeks, I’ve shared tips for the first two parts of how to edit a book, structural and copy editing. Proofreading is also a necessary step before book publication.

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What is Proofreading?
Proofreading is the final step of book editing where the editor takes a last look over the whole manuscript to identify spelling errors or grammatical mistakes. This is done after checking for a narrative arc, judging the believability of the story and making sure the book has a clear motivation and plot. Here are 5 tips for proofreading, the final stage of the book editing process.

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Editing Your Book: 3 Tips for Copy Editing

Book editing, especially copy editing, tightens words and ideas in your written work. Earlier we shared several tips for the structural editing process once you’ve finished writing. Book editing is a multi-step process and once you have established a solid narrative with a compelling storyline, you are ready to move on to copy editing. Here are 3 tips for copy editing to make you book the best it can be.

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What is Copy Editing?

Copy editing is the process of verifying the accuracy of your written text. During the book editing process, you are not changing the content or ideas. Focus only on formatting, style and if all words are correct.

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How to Edit a Book: 3 Tips for Structural Editing

Book editing is a multi-step process. There are 3 crucial components to editing your novel which include structural editing, copy editing and proofreading. Taking care in the structural editing process will make your book more likely to catch the attention of a publisher. Knowing how to edit a book can make you a better writer and take your work to the next level. Here are 3 tips for structural revisions, the first stage of book editing.

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What is Structural Editing?

When completing the structural editing process, you are looking to solidify the framework of your book. Much like the structure of a building, your novel must have a solid plot, a good pace and follow the narrative arc.

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3 Tips for Writers: Writing Multiple Genres

As a writer, it’s important to brand yourself to be successful when marketing your novels. However, it is also important to practice writing multiple genres to vary your abilities and gain fresh ideas. You might be surprised at what comes to your imagination when you write multiple genres. Maybe you have stories to tell that won’t fit into your current genre.  Don’t let branding step in the way of your writing. Here are 3 tips for writers to help you with penning multiple genres.

What's your favorite genre?

What’s your favorite genre?

3 Tips for Writers of Multiple Genres

  1. Be Creative

Many successful writers say there are only a certain number of conflict structures to write about and it’s our creativity that makes us stand out from the rest. Changing your style and writing outside your usual genre can give you fresh ideas and boost your creativity! If you’re struggling with a current novel, try writing some new prompts that can help you switch it up.

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