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How to write a symbolic character?

How do you write a symbolic character? Not many do I see symbolic characters that represent a certain concept or theme, and some of these might not be visible because of how it's not that well ...
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How to find the right starting point for your story?

Really good question. Your characters will have their own story lines. Your narrator will follow their own. And then there's the reader's story line. What keeps readers reading? In fiction, it's ...
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How to find the right starting point for your story?

Write as much as you can. If you feel like going into the backstory, then write a bunch of it and see how it turns out. Your first draft isn't your final draft. If you write way more material than ...
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How to find the right starting point for your story?

Past or Plot? Characters have lives outside the story. They are rich with anecdotes and memories. They all had childhoods, and bad jobs, and love affairs. Good writing is often about showing the ...
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How can I establish a bond between a teacher and a student?

Show; Don't Tell You will need to build the relationship in front of the reader for it to have a real value. That probably means the friendship is not always easy, not always direct. The student has ...
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Can you make a story compelling enough for a large audience if every character is evil?

Is it possible? - Certainly. Is it easy? - Probably not. Generally the audience is looking for someone to root for - and that can either be because they align with the character's aims, goals or ...
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Can you make a story compelling enough for a large audience if every character is evil?

I doubt that a large audience would be interested in a story where every character is evil. Let's start by asking ourselves why a story is liked by a large audience simply because there is something ...
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Is there such thing as too much concept at a character and how do you know so?

Too Much Backstory? It sounds to me like you might be putting too much effort into building your character's history. Often, it's good for you as the author to know all this history, but to only hint ...
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Is there such thing as too much concept at a character and how do you know so?

I don't think your approach to character building is effective. You might make it work; different things work for different people, but I think (because you asked this question) this approach isn't ...
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