ARTICLES IN SKILLS

Characters 

Breathing Life into Your Characters

Nov 29, 2016

Good characters are real. They’re made from flesh, blood, and ink. They've got families and histories, likes and dislikes. Even the girl behind the register who only says two lines in chapter seven might have a quirky turn of phrase.

If you’re looking to write good characters, you need to get under their skin first. Here's a few tricks to help you do just that.

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Language 

Five Ways Fiction Needs Fact

Jul 26, 2016

Fiction, by nature, is all about making things up. But even fiction has to abide by some facts. Whenever you use an existing environment, things like lingo and location have to make sense to the reader, and the author is expected to get it right. Think about it: if you write about South Africa, a reader from SA would know that traffic lights are commonly called ‘robots’, and that ‘football’ isn’t always ‘soccer’.

Here’s why fiction needs fact—and how to keep it on target.

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