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Defence Mechanisms

Characters cannot be caricatures. We all behave differently when we’re placed in difficult situations. Have a look at the defense mechanisms human beings use in the graph below. Which one do you use? Which one would your character use? Source for Image  

How To Write Successful Scenes

Book are made up of scenes. Most beginner writers forget this. They tend to start writing an essay instead. On average, you will need 60 scenes in your novel.  An average scene is 1500 words. Do you have 60 separate, connected scenes that will show…

10 Idioms About Life

What is an idiom?   To Be the Light of Someone’s Life: Love is a powerful emotion that can become a person’s reason for living. This idiom describes a profound form of love. For example, Daniela always said that her daughter was the light of her…

The 15 Most Unbelievable Words In English

Agerasia (n.) A lack of the signs of old ages; a youthful old age “The agerasia of that fellow is amazing; look at him darting around on those skates!” Bayard (n.) A person armed with the self-confidence of ignorance “Only a bayard would walk past…

10 Idioms About Home

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10 Unusual Collective Nouns Explained

1.) A Stand This versatile collective noun is used in botany, forestry and agriculture. It denotes a group, grove or small forest of trees that belong to the same species. A forester might say, “The stand of saplings is growing quickly due to the abundant rain.”…

Character Archetypes

This is a summary of the 12 archetypes as defined by Pearson and Mark in The Hero and Outlaw. It includes the archetype, their motivation, their motto, and their core desire.
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