Stream of Consciousness Revisited

When people think of internal monologue they tend to think of a first person narration or a Dickensian third person which is the authorial voice relaying the character’s voice. A third type is the stream of consciousness, in which thoughts are relayed as they are 'thought'. It can be choppy and disconnected or a direct … Continue reading Stream of Consciousness Revisited

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Getting Internal Revisited

For the last few weeks we've been looking at dialogue so lets take a look at our character's internal monologue: What it is, the different types and different ways of using it. Monday - What's Internal Monologue? A look at what we mean by 'internal monologue'. Tuesday - Breaking The Flow, Using action and description … Continue reading Getting Internal Revisited

The Villain as a Reflection Revisited

It is a common trope in fiction for the ‘villain’ and the ‘hero’ to be two sides of the same coin. Sometimes this is in the form of ‘what if the hero’s life had gone a different way could they be the villain?’ or, alternatively, it can be the hero and the villain sharing similar … Continue reading The Villain as a Reflection Revisited

Hero Versus Villain Revisited

This week we're looking at some of the ways heroes and villains interlink in fiction. This week focuses on external antagonists: Monday - Not Putting the Pro in Protagonist, A 'hero' doesn't have to be a 'goodie'. Tuesday - The Villain as Reflection, The hero and villain can be two sides of the same coin. … Continue reading Hero Versus Villain Revisited

Fooled You Revisited

When you’re developing a villain it doesn’t mean you can’t do a little narrative sleight of hand and have a hero become a villain and villain become a hero. Crime fiction is full of examples where writers use red-herrings misleading readers with who characters are. Often they do this by presenting a list of possible … Continue reading Fooled You Revisited

Building a Relationship Revisited

If we want to have convincing romantic tension, or any tension, between characters we need to have convincing relationships. We can do this by building up dialogue, physical, and emotional interaction. Our characters’ dialogue can develop a rhythm, they might take on elements of each other’s body language, they may begin to know how each … Continue reading Building a Relationship Revisited

Creating Romantic Tension Revisited

One of the issues with writing a romance plot or sub-plot can be a sense that the characters have fallen in love ‘too soon’. Perhaps this phrasing is slightly misleading; we can have romantic tension where characters fall in love but don’t realise it or are kept apart, we might have the slowly growing romance, … Continue reading Creating Romantic Tension Revisited

Creating Romance Arcs Revisited

Once again I’m going to say you don’t have to plan out a story before you begin, we can easily shape it after we finish the first draft. And when I refer to arcs I’m not going to give you a rigid structure, partly due to the potential variation in stories and partly because a … Continue reading Creating Romance Arcs Revisited

Tangled Triangles Revisited

As we mentioned earlier in the series we have can have a relationship with a romantic antagonist who is constantly trying to break up the relationship for their own gain. We may also have the romantic rival who has potential as part of this relationship, I phrase it this way because the romantic rival doesn’t … Continue reading Tangled Triangles Revisited

Why These People? Revisited

Before I begin I should say you don’t have to plan if that doesn’t work for you, I never do. You can intend to add a romance to your story or it can appear as you write, that’s fine too. In this article we’re going to look at questions we can ask before we start … Continue reading Why These People? Revisited