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Two Effective Types of Antagonists

There are as many kinds of antagonists as there are stories, but from what I’ve observed, there are two types which are particularly effective. The first type is a sympathetic antagonist. The word ‘sympathetic’ can mean several different things, but … Continue reading

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MacGuffin Plotting

A MacGuffin is an item that becomes the central focus of the plot—despite the fact that it doesn’t really matter what it actually is. It has become a staple feature of blockbuster films, even though some call it lazy plotting—but … Continue reading

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How to Develop Themes

If you’ve ever taken an English class, you have probably talked a lot about “theme.” Some teachers call it a one-word topic, like “love” or “individuality”; some call it a phrase or message, like “love conquers all” or “crime doesn’t … Continue reading

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Making Your Heroes Proactive

I wrote yesterday about how to start developing the motivation for your hero to stop the villain. Often, this is because the villain is doing evil things, and so the hero rises to stop them. However, sometimes your villain isn’t … Continue reading

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Making Strides

The first step for any writer-to-be is to find the idea. Depending on the desired length and complexity of the project at hand, that can be its own epic struggle. But whether it hits you like a lightning bolt or … Continue reading

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Finding the Hero

Note: When I say “hero,” I mean the protagonist of any gender. Because I’ve decided I want a single protagonist (whether or not I go with a single POV), I have to develop a character that is at the center … Continue reading

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Developing Ideas: The Devil’s in the Details

Last time, I wrote about finding your villain. If you’re writing the kind of story that is mostly driven by the villain’s actions (as a lot of “plot” stories are), coming up with the villain is probably the first step … Continue reading

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