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How can I make a character memorable and not stereotypical?

Realism A character becomes non-sterotypical if you describe the person in realistic detail. A drinking addiction is a sterotype. But what made the person begin drinking; what ongoing difficulties the ...
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How can I fit a protagonist and his character arc to an existing world and plot?

Don't try to write your story to satisfy the demands of some how-to-write book! That's stifling your creativity. Put everything away, put a pencil and notebook in your pocket, and take a walk. Let ...
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How can I make a character memorable and not stereotypical?

A stereotypical character has no surprises; just about everything they do and say is consistent with their "type". This is fine for characters that appear in one scene as supporting ...
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How do I include a woman on her period in a Fantasy novel?

A novel is not a travel guide or ethnological treatise that describes a place and the everyday life of its people in all its aspects. A novel is a narration of everything that is relevant to its story....
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How to format a script when the same character says two lines one after another?

The way I've always seen it formatted would be... BOB: Hey Joe, how are you? JOE: I'm good. (Pauses.) I could be better. Character tags in capitals; actions in brackets and italics; lines in regular ...
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How to format a script when the same character says two lines one after another?

1 It is up to the director of the play or film how they are going to enact this scene. Whether the character will pause between the two sentences or speak them one after another is usually something ...
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How and when do you reveal information about your character?

I think your usage of the word reveal is not fitting for what you ask about and may be at least in part a cause for your confusion. When there is a secret or mystery that the reader wonders about (...
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In my polytheistic world, how should I prevent people fighting over which god to worship?

Historically, polytheistic cultures didn’t fight over which gods to worship. The Romans and Greeks didn’t war over choices of household gods. A common element of polytheistic beliefs was the ...
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Can I write a character that does not technically exist? They are an alter identity(?) of another character

Not to ruin your story, but Fight Club is almost exactly that story. Edward Norton and Brad Pitt seem like different characters, but in the end, it is revealed they are the same person, and that ...
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How can I fit a protagonist and his character arc to an existing world and plot?

Reading your description, the problem for your protagonist seems clear to me: He is not "himself". He doesn't understand himself, or why he is the way he is. whatever happened to the wizard ...
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How can I fit a protagonist and his character arc to an existing world and plot?

Reading over your summary, you appear to already have the seeds of one of two potential character flaws for you character to overcome. Too Curious - Not Able to Let Sleeping Dogs Lie The evil wizard ...
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Do men fall "in love" (romantic, sensual or desire) with fictional characters?

I am a male, and am in a long-lasting (three years) obsession with a fictional character in both a romantic and sexual way. There was some debate here about this, and I will say from personal ...
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