Tips and Tricks, writing

Quick Tip #11

Writing a villain?

Within the first meeting, include these three things to make them terrifying but utterly compelling to readers.

  1. A dangerous or “evil” conviction they hold and why
  2. Something they have lost as a result
  3. Something/someone they love (not obsessed, that’s different) or care about deeply (people are generally best but it still works with objects)

 

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Quick Tip #7

Worried your characters might sound too much alike? Each character should have a way of speaking, phrases or words they use specific to them. They need to be distinctive because in a novel, their words are one of the main things readers have to understand their personality. You don’t want five of the same characters running around just with different hair color. That’s a boring story.

Try this:

Copy five or so phrases from each character into a separate word document. 

Don’t use any names and jumble the order of the phrases.

See if you can tell who the speaker is each time. 

Ask a friend or fellow writer to do the same.

If no one can tell the difference, they probably are too similar. Edit!

 

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Quick Tip #2

Is your story one blob of text that looks daunting to the most enthusiastic reader?

Here are the times when you should make a new paragraph:

  1. When someone new is speaking.
  2. After dialogue before action that is not directly related to the speaker.
  3. When a new person arrives
  4. When the setting changes
  5. When you introduce a new idea or thought
  6. When the time changes
  7. When your paragraph is getting lengthy.

Are there any more you would include? Add it in the comments!