Personas Gratas: Building the Perfect Character

If you were given just the description of a famous character, would you be able to guess them? A puritan mother who provides for her young daughter despite being scorned by her entire town and branded with an A for adultery… The answer is Hester Prynne! How about another one? A brave, young, black-haired wizard whose goal is to protect his friends and his world while avenging the murder of his parents…. It’s Harry Potter! The key to creating memorable…

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Start a Long-Term Relationship With Your Journal

What do Flowers for Algernon, Dracula, and The Perks of Being a Wallflower have in common? They’re all books written as journal entries! But even if you as a writer aren’t interested in writing epistolary novels, writing your own journal is one of the most helpful tools in finding a voice, getting those thoughts down in writing, and simply getting much needed practice as a writer. One of the first rules of journaling is to not take it so seriously.…

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