Storycrafting

  • Crafting Morally Gray Characters

    If you’re anywhere near BookTok or Bookstagram these days, you’ve probably seen books advertised as having “morally gray characters” or “a morally gray MMC,” to name the two more popular versions of the trope. Maybe you love morally gray characters and want to craft your own. If so, welcome! Let’s talk about it. What is…

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  • Avoiding Info Dumps in Worldbuilding

    Fantasy and sci-fi writers are pros of worldbuilding. I mean, y’all are out here creating entirely new worlds and civilizations! It’s amazing. But there are also limitations to how much worldbuilding you can show in one book and things you want to avoid. One thing to avoid? Info dumps. We’ve all heard that term; maybe…

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  • Creating Romantic Tension in Your Novel

    Is there anything as satisfying as creating perfectly tense scenes between the love interests in your novel? Or as a reader, actually reading those scenes and feeling all the feelings as you hope the love interests finally get together? Well, if you aren’t a romance fan, then you probably don’t care. But I assume you’re…

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  • 52 Questions to Help You Develop Stronger Characters

    Characters, though fictional, are really just people you’re creating from scratch. They have complex backgrounds, personalities, desires, and relationships. But thinking about creating a whole complex person can be kind of intimidating. Answering a series of questions, starting with the basics and getting deeper over time, might help take some of the pressure off your…

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  • Popular Fantasy Tropes You Can Use in Your Novel

    In fiction, a trope is some kind of convention commonly used by authors and writers. This can be a character trait, relationship dynamic, plot device, or even setting. Each genre has its own set of common tropes. They’re recognizable to readers (though not always beloved), and you can build a few of these tropes into…

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