How can I get readers to relate to a non-human character in a story?

 Easy. Give them human characteristics, which is what most, if not all, writers do when describing non-human characters.   I suspect it’s the ONLY way to describe a character because, as humans, we don’t know how to describe anything other than ourselves and, fortunately for writers, that includes a huge range of characters from the …

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Should I plan the novel or just start writing?

 Depends ——- There are two kinds of writers of novels: ‘Pantsers’ write by the seat of their pants. They just sit down and start writing. They normally end up doing a whole lot of revision and rewriting and, occasionally, even changing the thrust of the story, but they say this method allows their mind free …

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THE BEST THING SINCE SLICED BREAD

“It’s the best thing since sliced bread.” Everyone knows that the standard of greatness against which all great things are measured is sliced bread. What you probably didn’t know (unless you live in Northwest Missouri) is that Missouri is the home of sliced bread. I’m not making this up! Of course, people have been cutting …

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