Fiction Writing

Can A Novel Be A True Story?

As writers, we always hear that familiar old adage: Write what you know. Most often, we take this to mean that we should write about our own lives. Many well-known books have been based on the life of the author. But does this make it a novel, or an autobiography? Similarly, many authors claim that …

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How To Create Secondary Characters

How To Create Secondary Characters

The core of a great story comes with a set of compelling characters. While the protagonist will always have the limelight, secondary characters are as important. These range from sidekicks, best friends, a love interest, or an enemy. All with the purpose of helping build up your main character. A good mixture of these characters allows your readers to …

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How To Make Minor Characters Matter

Any great story involves a cast of varied characters who each play an integral role. But ‘minor’ characters are an often overlooked element of storytelling. Many prospective writers position secondary characters in the proverbial trunk of the narrative vehicle, merely an afterthought to the key protagonists. Some may believe that if characters aren’t integral to the plot, …

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5 Easy Steps To Avoid Purple Prose

Anyone who’s studied literature, taken a writing course or joined a book club has no doubt encountered the expression ‘purple prose’. For those who haven’t, Google defines it as: “Prose that is too elaborate or ornate.” So why purple? In Ancient Rome, where the expression finds its origins, purple was the colour of the Emperor …

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