How long can a fantasy novel go before introducing a villain? Does a story need a villain?

No story requires an actual villain but stories are normally about overcoming something and a villain fills the bill nicely. That said, introduce the villain as soon as possible. Characters introduced late in the story tend to be ignored by readers because they are used to having all important characters introduced early on so as …

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So, I wrote a fiction novella draft. What now?

Now you turn that draft into a finished product, which can be done if you follow the steps that are outlined in lots of classes, books, videos, etc. They all go something like this (with individual variations, of course) : Make sure your story follows the steps of ‘The Hero’s Journey.’ That’s a book outlining …

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How much time did it take to write your first novel (from start to finish)?

This question makes me chuckle because there’s no real answer. I suspect that most authors will say the same thing. It’s relatively easy to say how long your second novel took to write. Or your third. Or fourth. And so on. But your first? It took forever! Absolutely forever!, Because your first novel is a …

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What are your advices on writing a story?

The answer to this question — without meaning to sound snide — is to learn the craft of writing fiction. Note that I said the craft, not the art, because they are two different things and — good news — a craft can be learned. There are workshops, books, online courses, free information everywhere that …

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Are first person novels more personal?

This is a personal answer. How it seems to me. Other writers may see things differently. I believe first person novels are more personal, not because of anything intrinsic about the writing itself but, rather, because the act of writing in the first person takes the author deeply into the view-point character’s mind, thoughts, feelings, …

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