Monthly Archives: February 2015

What Is an over-developed Character?

Characters are often under-developed in beginning fiction writing. An unknown villain is a common example. That is a villain whose characterisation is not strong or compelling enough to convince us that he or she can pose some seriously menacing adversity … Continue reading

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Generic Adjectives are Bad for your Style

What’s wrong with this fragment, found in a novel: ‘Their conversation was stilted’? That’s right: it tells, it doesn’t show. Instead of creating a scene with the right atmosphere to show us that the¬†awkwardness, boredom and self-consciousness of the characters … Continue reading

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