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One: the most common mistake is to confuse personality flaws for character flaws. Personality flaws are superficial e.g talks loudly on phone or chews with an open mouth. Character flaws need to be deeper and meaningful. Is your character torn between moving away to another state for her career and taking care of her ill mother who can't travel with her? ...


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Use research and reference Visual artists now that the best shortcut to making a drawing more realistic is to use research and reference. Here is an example (from Scott McCloud's Making Comics) of the difference between a gas station drawn purely from the imagination, and one based on reference images: No matter how good your imagination is, the details ...


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I think adding more "tropes" will just make it confusing, unless you have a plan for how to use them to create conflict. Certainly there have been many stories (and series) focusing on many tropes: Vampires vs. Werewolves vs Witches. But the authors of those stories have a coherent plot in mind; for example all of the factions are going after the same ...


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Hi Rebecca that is a really interesting concept and should be very feasible. Introduce the wife first, apparently as a secondary or minor character. Introduce the husband as though seen through the wife's eyes. For example, whatever he does is witnessed or experienced by her: don't show him in isolation as that would undermine the principle. Along the ...


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It's not usually the protagonist, but there are many stories where our preconceptions about a character are challenged. It's more common that somebody turns out to be the bad guy instead of the good guy, but the other way around works too. Often, it's more complex and the reveal is just about providing a different backstory from the one that was implied. ...


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You can’t publish that story without lawyers involved You’re not writing a book loosely “inspired by” this person and this event in their life, as in your examples about Severus Snape or The Silence of the Lambs. You are literally writing about a real person, and basing a book directly on their life story and real actions, and directly confirming these ...


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