Friends, Allies and Enemies — Who They Are & How To Portray Them

September 3, 2014 by Karyn Connor

The part of the Hero’s Journey that always tripped me up was the Allies and Enemies portion.  I get the basic elements of how to create enemy characters. Enemies are the proverbial scary monsters who want to destroy or devour the hero either physically or metaphorically. Or, on a more

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The Strengths of Villainy – Making Fictional Villains Come Alive

September 24, 2014 by Karyn Connor

Villains are some of the most fascinating characters to write. At least, when they’re done right. The two-dimensional villain who runs around the book doing bad things for bad reasons because he’s just plain bad…well, that’s not only boring, but also becomes predictable.  The best villains are those characters who—deep

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How To Properly Use Setting in a Novel

September 10, 2014 by Carrie De Simas

Focus your character’s awareness of the setting through the sharp point-of-view (POV) of their emotional, psychological and social backgrounds. What they see and notice (aka what they/you as the author share with us) has to mean something.  For example, a man I once dated took me to meet his best

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How to Promote Yourself on YouTube

August 27, 2014 by Laura Iruegas

If you want to succeed in your competitive field, there’s no avoiding it—you must promote yourself. There are plenty of ways to do this, but one method in particular stands out: publishing videos to YouTube. YouTube is a great outlet for self-promotion because it allows you to share your work

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