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Why It’s Necessary for a Writer to Not Write Sometimes

A writer writes. That’s a fact. However, a writer also stops writing…

A writer writes. That’s a fact. However, a writer also stops writing sometimes to make sense of her thoughts, just like how an architect stops drawing a structure to analyze it. Or how a chef stops cooking to look up a recipe. Or how a singer stops singing to rest his voice.

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To Outline or Not To Outline Your Novel

Outlining a novel always prompts a debate among writers. Should you outline…

Outlining a novel always prompts a debate among writers. Should you outline your novel or leave the task of figuring our your novel’s plot to the impulse of your mind? I think the answer lies in the middle. While you should outline your novel, you shouldn’t outline every single event taking place. Some of it should be left unplanned so that your characters can show you the direction of the story.

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How to Write a Well-Rounded Antagonist in Fiction

A well-rounded antagonist can take your story to the next level, as…

A well-rounded antagonist can take your story to the next level, as it should. If your story is lacking a strong conflict, take a look at your antagonist. Is he, she, or it well-rounded? Does the antagonist have a motive, a backstory, and emotional depth? If not, then you have some work to do. After all, a well-rounded antagonist is just as important, if not more important, than your protagonist. Nothing interesting would ever happen to your protagonist without the antagonist. The antagonist makes the book.

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Can You Have Multiple Main Characters in Your Story?

Having multiple main characters in a story is not too common; however,…

Having multiple main characters in a story is not too common; however, it is not unusual. In fact, there are many popular books with several main characters. Think The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares and City of Bones by Cassandra Clare, to name a few. These two books feature four or more main characters. These characters face antagonists together or each on their own, forming one big conflict made up of smaller conflicts.

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When Does a Writer Become an Author?

Some people argue that anyone who writes stories is an author. Others…

Some people argue that anyone who writes stories is an author. Others argue that writers become authors once their works are published. However, the former point is the correct one. After all, the definition of an author is “a writer of a book, article, or report.” So, once and for all, let’s put the debate when does a writer become an author to rest.

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Traditional Publishing or Self-Publishing: What’s Better?

Traditional publishing is a great way to ensure you have a higher…

Traditional publishing is a great way to ensure you have a higher chance of getting readership. Notice that I didn’t say you have a chance; you simply have a higher chance. Self-publishing on the other hand is harder to pull off, especially since you would need to do most of the work yourself. However, self-publishing has great benefits too. At the end of the day, you should choose between traditional publishing and self-publishing based on your needs and goals.