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How to write a Massive Cast of Characters

So today I want to talk about the massive cast of character. I am talking about main and secondary characters (not the odd village baker passing through a random scene, never to be heard from again).

If you’re not sure what I mean by large cast of characters, think Lord of the Rings. As well as the main cast of the Fellowship, there were additional characters that came in and hung around for a while, fleshed out and with their own thread in the plot.

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How to Set the Pacing of your Story

I have read a number of articles that talk about speeding up your story. They talk about how a writer can “bog down” the plot by going too slowly.

How the plot should barrel along like some runaway train, dragging the reader with it. So today’s post is about pacing.

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Very, Is A Very Bad Word

This mini-post has been churning around in my head recently after I read a short story online.  While the story seemed okay, the word “very” rang heavily throughout and by the end I was just annoyed.

As writers, I believe we should avoid the word very.

Don’t get me wrong, it’s part of the language and you can throw it around in your everyday speech and type it in emails and even in blogs (I’m sure I’ve dumped it in more than one of my posts) but when it comes to your writing, your actual stories, I say – leave it out.