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Writing Tips: Using A Comic Relief Character For More Than Comedy…

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by Jonathan Vars  on The Creative Penn:

One of the most effective techniques in fiction writing is to build up tension, and then to break it with comedic elements, regulating the pace for the reader, even as you ratchet up to the next scene.

This works particularly well in darker books, TV and movies where things can get a little grim. I’ve recently been watching Netflix’s dark sci-fi series, Altered Carbon, which offsets its violence with a smart-talking historic AI called Poe who runs The Raven hotel. The moments of comedy break the tension, even though you know another violent episode is coming.

In today’s article, Jonathan Vars, outlines how you can use elements of comic relief in your writing.

“Alas, poor Yorick! I knew him, Horatio, a fellow of infinite jest, of most excellent fancy.”
–William Shakespeare, Hamlet

As our friend Shakespeare tells us, comic relief characters have been around for…

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by Ruth Harris  on Anne R Allen site:

We all come face to face with them, those pesky glitches, oopsies, OMGs and WTFs that ruin a story, turn a reader off, guarantee a slew of one-star reviews—and kill sales.

Beta readers will often point them out. Editors are professional fixers, always on the lookout for booboos. You will realize them yourself when you wake up at 3AM sudden realizing that the MC’s beloved pet who started out as a friendly, tail-wagging Golden Retriever, has somehow become a snarling, saber-toothed attack dog.

These unforced errors range from plot holes, small and economy-size, to lapses in logic. They also include poorly conceived characters, blah settings, pointless dialogue, and momentum-killing info dumps. Even a few will make your book—and you—look like a loser on amateur night.

You need to find them—and fix them—before readers do.

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Do Your Characters Talk too Much? When to Use Indirect Dialogue…

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by Anne R. Allen

I’ve been looking over some of my much-rejected early work and discovered my old stories have way too much dialogue. This is something I see in a lot of newbie fiction.

I remember a guy who came into the bookstore where I worked in the mid-1990’s, schlepping a huge carton of copies of his self-published novel. We agreed to give him a read, but I couldn’t get past chapter six. By then I still had no idea what the novel was about. Four guys were sitting in various places talking about relationships and politics. The book was nothing but dialogue. It read like a script that didn’t even have stage directions.

His characters needed to shut up already and get on with the story. If there was one. So did mine.

And yet, in all the standard how-to-write books, we’re urged to write: “More scenes! More…

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How To Describe Characters Without Infodumping

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I sent out a Newsletter the other day telling you guys that I’m open for questions! I said I would answer your writing-related questions in dedicated posts of their own if possible.

This is the first one of those posts!

This question comes from Dheep Matharu:

“How do you tackle introducing new characters and describing their physical appearance without infodumping.  Often, with my work, I feel it interrupts the flow, when the rest of the book is intended to be not particularly descriptive.”

This is probably one of the toughest problems out there.

You have this picture in your head of your protagonist; from what they look like to all their mannerisms. A well-made protagonist will be a character that instantly draws you into the story. So of course, you want to fill the pages with all the details of that character in order for your reader to feel it…

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Creating an Anti-Hero – From The Maltese Tiger blog

Author Don Massenzio

Creating an Anti-Hero

This week I want to talk about anti-heroes.

In this morally ambiguous time, it’s no longer popular to write about classic heroes who are purely good and righteous. I mean, where’s the fun in that? Gone are the days of swashbucklers like Ivanhoe and Robin Hood. Even the most recent incarnation of Superman has a gritty, brooding veneer.

However, you may be wondering…

What is an anti-hero?

An anti-hero is a protagonist who is flawed, but in a way that the reader can still sympathize with the character.

There are plenty of examples from modern fiction like Wolverine of the X-Men or John McClane in Die Hard. But anti-heroes are nothing new.

The classics are chock-full of anti-heroes like Scarlett O’Hara and Philip Marlowe. Even Shakespeare wrote intriguing anti-heroes like Othello and Hamlet.

So, you’re probably asking, “How do 

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5 Tips For Successful Proofreading

K.M. Allan

For someone who is a writer, I’ve done very little of it lately. This is because I’ve been spending the last few months editing and proofreading the four books that make up my YA supernatural series. As a result, I’ve become pretty apt at revising drafts, or at least I’ve learned enough about proofreading to share some valuable tips.

Make A List

Before you start proofreading, you should have a list of what you want to tackle; such as…

  • Spelling
  • Grammar
  • Punctuation
  • Physical Character Descriptions (eye color, hair color, tall, short, etc.)
  • Settings/Locations
  • Dialogue

Make a basic list of common proofing goals (like those above), as well as a list of things to check that are specific to your book. No one knows better than you which words or phrases you repeat, or that Timmy fell down the well in chapter three so he can’t be at school in chapter…

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