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How To Kill Characters In A Novel (or: How To Kill Your Darlings)

Let’s talk about how to kill characters in your novel.

George R.R. Martin may be the most infamous for annihilating his beloved characters, without mercy, forewarning, or apology, but let’s face it: in our twisted little hearts, we love to mourn the tragedy of a good fictional death.

And writing them?

Even better.

Did I just cackle maniacally? Sorry about that. Read more

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How Do I Name My Characters?

Finding names for your cast of characters in your next novel can be daunting, fun, challenging, a joy, and a mess.

Thank the writing gods for the ol’ find and replace button on Word, can I get an amen? Can’t tell you how many times I changed my mind midway through a novel concerning a character’s moniker.

How do you turn a groan-inducing chore into a fun treasure hunt? Here are a few ideas when all your frazzled imagination can come up with is yet another John or Sara. Read more

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How to Write a Book Club Pick

Having your novel chosen by a book club is a novelist’s dream. Think of the conversations it will start concerning your carefully placed words, how many paperback copies will be purchased, how it will be passed around the group, dog-eared, and debated.

You simply cannot buy that kind of dedicated audience. Read more

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Should I Write My Memoirs?

According to Savi Sharma,

Everyone has a story to tell.

That may be true, but do you worry if your story is interesting enough to read? Read more

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How To Write A Killer Plot Twist

With the exception of few weirdos, readers love a great plot twist. When executed well, the perfect plot twist turns an okay read into an unforgettable one.

Let’s analyze what makes a plot twist work, what doesn’t, and how to include a killer twist in your own book.

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