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How do I switch between my POV and a character's POV midway a story?

Keep Your Readers Inside Your Story A very important rule to keep in mind: You don't want to pull you reader out of your story. Your readers being pulled out of your story will be a jarring ...
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Truth in Fiction, Liabilities

(Disclaimer: I am not a lawyer, and even if I were I still couldn't give legal advice here) I think it's unlikely you'd get sued, for a number of reasons: People are not often sued for libel in ...
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What is the purpose of static characters?

Role-Playing Games In Role-Playing Game (RPG) storytelling, both tabletop and electronic, there exists a critical distinction between Player Characters (PC's) and Non-Player Characters (NPC's). The PC'...
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What is the purpose of static characters?

Then there's wasteful extras in a visual sequence that could be equally well served by immobile statues. This is actually encouraged in the arts of machine sequencing to deploy just one set of them ...
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What is the purpose of static characters?

In most cases, changing only the main character will suffice, if not even make the story better. The reason for this is that you need the other characters to provide a context for your main character ...
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What is the purpose of static characters?

Yes, there is a purpose to "static" characters; in plays and movies we call them walk-ons or extras. Static characters are not statues; they are just people that, for the story, do not ...
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How to make a "perfect op" character not so op

The key is to humanize them (in a general sense rather than a specific species!) - and by that I mean humans have flaws, troubles and weaknesses that are relatable to the reader. They don't have to be ...
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How to make a "perfect op" character not so op

So there's a good example of this type of character and its found in one of the most popular anime with one of the most popular characters, Gojo Satoru. Gojo is the teacher in Jujutsu Kaisen. He ...
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How to make a serious character interesting or likeable?

Give them a character arc, development, impact of plot and depth. Characters are often likeable if handled correctly. Since your mc is a paladin with a serious nature, explain why they are serious; ...
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How to make a serious character interesting or likeable?

Stories borrow heavily from morality roles; we have a hero that is acting pretty selflessly, and a villain that is acting pretty selfishly. In Die Hard, Bruce Willis could at any time walk away, but ...
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How to make a serious character interesting or likeable?

The same way you make any other character interesting and likable. Flesh him out and make him feel like a real person. Understand his motivations and goals, and let the reader inside his head (...
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My character surprised me with their behaviour while writing them, should I keep that behaviour or stick to how I had planned them?

As a Discovery Writer, I live for those moments, I absolutely want my characters to surprise me and act on their own. At the start of the story, all my characters are malformed lumps of clay; I have ...
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My character surprised me with their behaviour while writing them, should I keep that behaviour or stick to how I had planned them?

Can It Serve A Purpose? I personally find that these little events in the story with character acting out of character are god-sends for writing. I get subtle sub-plots appearing and unexpected ...
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My character surprised me with their behaviour while writing them, should I keep that behaviour or stick to how I had planned them?

In general, I agree with Joelle, but I think it depends on a number of factors: What is the role of this character? In particular, is this character intended to be static or to develop? If this ...
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My character surprised me with their behaviour while writing them, should I keep that behaviour or stick to how I had planned them?

My answer would be to keep the reaction to the stress. This kind of thing where characters sometimes react and do things I do not expect is something that I let influence my writing and I usually feel ...
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