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Don’t Forget Your Second Banana: Secondary Characters in Your Novel

By on Friday, Jan 24, 2014 | 0 comments

Quick, think about the last book you've just loved. The one you've told all your friends about. You probably have a lot of reasons why you love it, but let's focus on just one.The heroine's (or hero's) second banana (s). Their BFF's. Their sidekicks. Their adversaries.Secondary characters are often orphans, i.e., neglected by their creators. [...]

Donald Maass: Tension, Tension Everywhere

By on Friday, Mar 1, 2013 | 4 comments

I heard famed writing craft author and literary agent Donald Maass speak at a one-day workshop back in January. It was revelatory.So I went back to my copy of Maass's The Fire in Fiction and reread Chapter 8, Tension All the Time.How do you create the type of tension that keeps a reader reading every [...]