Writing Inspiration and Productivity Quotes

Writing Inspiration and Productivity Quotes

A collection of quotes for writing inspiration and writing productivity. Writing is a process, and it’s not always a straight line. It takes time to create something from scratch. So keep your head up and keep writing. You can do it!!! New quotes added regularly.

Romance Roadmap: How to Pace an Enticing Romantic Side Plot

Romance Roadmap: How to Pace an Enticing Romantic Side Plot

Who else is a sucker for slow-burn romances? I don’t necessarily mean just in romance novels. Any fiction story with a love interest can benefit from an enticing, tension-filled romance. Just like any sub plot, cultivating a romantic side plot adds depth and emotional appeal to your story. …that is, as long as you do it correctly! Unless you’re writing some kind of soulmate story, you shouldn’t have your characters be strangers one page and madly in love the next….

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3 Easy Ways to Torture your Characters (And your Readers)

3 Easy Ways to Torture your Characters (And your Readers)

To be honest, a lot of readers want to be tortured. They want you to tear their still-beating hearts from their chests and stomp them on the ground. You need to give them some happiness too, and it boils down to the same point: they want you to evoke an emotional response in them. The best novels are emotionally manipulative. They can convince you to like a character, then laugh as that character betrays you. They want you to absolutely…

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Character Development Quotes

Character Development Quotes

A collection of character development quotes for writers. It’s okay to put your characters through the fire for a bit—it’s the best way to transform them into something stronger! New quotes added regularly!

The 6 Basic Stages of Character Change

The 6 Basic Stages of Character Change

Creating character arcs comes hard to a lot of writers. We write a character one way for a bit, and then POOF, they’ve changed. People don’t just change overnight! You know that, but it’s easier said than done. Strong character arcs are complex and take time to craft, but the core of all character arcs fall along the same few points. There’s a process that’s been proved by science. Even if the change is fast, there are steps and there’s…

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Friends, Not Love Interests: How to Avoid Unintentional Romantic Subtext

Friends, Not Love Interests: How to Avoid Unintentional Romantic Subtext

There’s some saying that no matter what, when you put two people in a room together, people will want them to fall in love. Among fandom circles, two characters don’t even need to be in the same universe! No matter what you do, if you’re writing two people as friends and not romantic interests (especially if one is male, the other is female), there will still be readers who want them together. Why even bother trying to keep a clear…

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Large Character Casts: How to Put your Characters Temporarily Elsewhere

Large Character Casts: How to Put your Characters Temporarily Elsewhere

Do you ever have scenes with 6+ people and you can’t seem to juggle them all? Sometimes I have several characters in the same fictional room, but the scene is short enough that I just can’t make them all important. They’re only there because, well, where else would they be? If my characters all follow the action, won’t they all always be in the same spot? Or do you ever want to get 2-3 characters in a scene together for…

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62 Character Flaws for Creating a Well-Balanced Character

62 Character Flaws for Creating a Well-Balanced Character

Sometimes, a character is only as strong as their weakest point, AKA, their character flaws. It sounds strange when put in those words, but think about it: do you like a story more for its plot, or its characters? Most people would answer “characters.” Plot is definitely important, but in well-written stories even the plot is just a way to push the characters farther and force them to make hard decisions and grow and improve as a person. A lot…

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