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Character Type & Trope Thesaurus: Newcomer

In 1959, Carl Jung first popularized the idea of archetypes—”universal images that have existed since the remotest times.” He posited that every person is a blend of these 12 basic personalities. Ever since then, authors have been applying this idea to fictional characters, combining the different archetypes to come up with interesting new versions....

Sat Feb 24, 2024 13:31
Don’t Make These 10 Self-Publishing Mistakes!

By Sarah Kolb-Williams I’ve been a freelance book editor for over fifteen years, and I’ve had the privilege of editing hundreds of books. Unfortunately, I’ve seen authors invest serious money only to make publishing mistakes that cost them visibility, sales, and hope. If you’re self-publishing, you’re wrangling a lot of tasks....

Thu Feb 22, 2024 12:20
The Pirate’s Guide to Writing Fantasy

Remember the scene in Pirates of the Caribbean when Captain Barbossa explains the pirate’s code? “The code is more what you’d call guidelines than actual rules.” Writing fantasy is a bit like the pirate’s code. There aren’t any rules, exactly, which is what makes it so fun to write. You can allow your imagination free rein. But there...

Tue Feb 20, 2024 12:33
Character Type & Trope Thesaurus: Father Figure

In 1959, Carl Jung first popularized the idea of archetypes—”universal images that have existed since the remotest times.” He posited that every person is a blend of these 12 basic personalities. Ever since then, authors have been applying this idea to fictional characters, combining the different archetypes to come up with interesting new versions....

Sat Feb 17, 2024 13:26
Phenomenal First Pages Contest

Hey, wonderful writerly people! It’s time for Phenomenal First Pages, our monthly critique contest. So, if you need a bit of help with your first page, today’s the day to enter for a chance to win professional feedback! This contest is closed. Please try again next month. If you’d like to be notified when the next one goes...

Thu Feb 15, 2024 08:41
Four Must-Haves in the First Two Paragraphs of Every Chapter or Scene

Begin Each Scene in Your Book with Grounding Have you ever been running late, and found yourself scrambling around your house, looking for your car keys? Where did you leave them – on the kitchen counter? By the front door? Oh wait, you went up to your bedroom to get something. You race up the stairs, step into your room, and then stop...

Tue Feb 13, 2024 12:01

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