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Create Savory Characters by Asking, “What Kind of Noodle Are You?” by Stephanie Spann

When making noodles and writing characters, sift, knead, rest and repeat. I’ve learned that it’s perfectly normal to ask the combined flours in my bowl, “What kind of noodle are you?” Although I’ve recently thawed out one of my failed previous noodle attempts and added it to a cluttered hodgepodge bowl of soup, I am …
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All The Lovely Heroes, Where Do They All Come From? by Beth Daniels, aka Beth Henderson, J.B. Dane, Nied Darnell

Okay, so, yeah, sorta paraphrasing a Beatles’ song here, but you know, sometimes I do wonder where all the heroes that I fall madly in love with – would run away in a heartbeat with if they were real and smiled my way – do come from? They sure aren’t based on the guys – …
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It’s Fun To Make Your Characters Suffer by Kris Kennedy

We take it easy on our characters. We don’t mean to. We fully intend to make them suffer, to make things tough, but in the end, face it—we often don’t really push it.  Push them. The more you set your characters in uncomfortable situations, the more compelling they are.  Readers want to watch (fictional) people …
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Celebrating Writers By Becky Martinez

Ah, the joy of telling a story. Too often writers think only of the creative writing process, but while the joy of being able to write a good fiction story, can be challenging, the joy of writing a non-fiction story can be just as rewarding. Too often we don’t give ourselves enough credit for what …