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Twelve Tips on Writing a Thriller

Everyone likes a good thrill, to be on the edge of their seat, biting their fingernails, hardly daring to turn the page to see if the character they’re rooting for will survive.

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It should come to no surprise that I love villains in stories. I don’t love being nasty and cruel, but I love exploring the descent into pure and utter hopelessness fuelled by anger and hatred in fictional people. 1,145 more words

About Characters

Peter Beere says:

Somebody once told me that my novels read like autobiographical fantasy. And I thought that was (A) pretty observant. And (B) pretty cool.

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What Is a Character Arc?

A character arc is a fancy way of explaining how a character changes throughout the course of a story. The arc can be physical or emotional, and it doesn’t have to be major, but you want your main characters, especially your protagonist, to experience some sort of change along the journey that is your novel. 77 more words

Structuring A Story

I’m at the start of a new book, about ten thousand or so words in. Needless to say, I’m giving a lot of thought to the invisible framework upon which the story will hang. 730 more words


Change in Inaction: The Full Circle Character Arc

Character arc in literature refers to the idea of a character going through a transformation. Does he grow or change, fall or fail? In most stories there is an obstacle, whether physical or emotional, that a character must overcome, and typically this forces the character to undergo a change. 1,420 more words

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Raising the Stakes in Your Story

Writers often get notes that they need to “raise the stakes” in their story. Here are some thoughts on how to do that:

1. A simple formula to determine what is at stake in your story: 1,542 more words