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  • how many characters Chekhov thought a story needed;
  • the differences between major and minor characters;
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  • how to make the most of dialogue;
  • why you should interview characters;
  • details that make the difference;
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BONDS OF LOVE & BLOOD

Bonds of Love & Blood: Short Stories

Twelve stories of wayward travelers. Twelve stamps on the passport of the soul.  Walter struggles to see past his disfigurement, but a trip to Thailand and a mysterious woman may challenge his quest for perfection. Married to a workaholic, Leslie is accustomed to solitude until her overbearing Indian mother-in-law turns her kitchen into a verbal […]

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Ten Questions for Jack A. Saarela

by Jack A. Saarela in Ten Questions

In this new column, I’m asking subscribers to share their knowledge about writing, publishing, and marketing their books. I’m calling it “Ten Questions.” Thank you, Jack Saarela, for getting this off to a great start.–Marylee MacDonald Because he believes it’s helpful to hear a manuscript read aloud, Jack Saarela recommends the free Natural Readers’ text-to-speech […]

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Longview Public Library expands graphic novel collection

Brooding and Tormented Main Characters | Part 2

by Marylee MacDonald in Characters

Characters who have tortured interior lives are dark characters. Dark protagonists are suffering and in pain. Often, they’re nonhuman: fallen angels, vampires, haunted detectives, or recovering addicts. The writer’s big challenge is to make these protagonists sufficiently likable that readers will stick with them until the end. And, from the author’s perspective, an additional challenge […]

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hero protagonist

Is Your Protagonist an Average Joe or Jane? Give Them a Shot at Greatness.

by Marylee MacDonald in Characters

Do you want readers to love your protagonist? Then you must make that protagonist a hero or heroine. This is the first of three posts that will discuss what it means to be heroic. This post talks about heroic characters who are average Joes and Janes, but who perform extraordinary actions. In my next post […]

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