What Divergent Can Teach Us About Character Depth

In Divergent, my favorite scene is the aptitude test. Every scenario it runs Beatrice through unlocks a new facet of her character to the reader.

I bet you already know where I’m going with this.

If you do or do not, come to this post for a writing tip that’s extremely important if you want deeper characters!

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Pantsing Vs. Plotting – A Collection of Opinions on Planning or Not Planning Your Novel

“Did you know J. R. R. Tolkien wrote the Lord of the Rings Trilogy by the seat of his pants?”

The opinions have been gathered! Many writers, professional and aspiring, have chimed in their opinions on plotting their novel or writing by the seat of their pants (writing without any planning). Complete with quotes and “Did You Knows?” on the subject of plotting, this post is not to be missed, and can be a guide to the writer in making this important decision: To Plan or not to Plan?

Give God the glory. Hosanna in the highest!

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The Very Important Must-Read Discussion on First Lines

There is only one mirror in my house.

Look, I didn’t want to be a half-blood.

Fern was looking out her bedroom window in her grandmother’s house for a runaway rhinoceros.

What make these first lines so great? What makes them hook the reader and have them asking for more? In this writing tip, I tell you how to write stunning first lines that leave your reader reading the next one.

Hosanna in the highest.

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