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Crafting Compelling Character Arcs—Captain America

This article was originally published in The Writer’s Everything, Issue #009.

Few characters embody all the ideals that we as a culture hold dear the way Steve Rogers, better known by his crime-fighting alias Captain America, does. Over the course of his eleven appearances in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), he has stood for truth, justice, and freedom, easily snatching the mantle of a pure and innocent do- gooder from the DC Extended Universe’s Superman.

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Writing Concepts

This article was originally published in The Writer’s Everything, Issue #009.

The Purpose Of Writing Concepts

Every week, published in my writing magazine, The Writer’s Everything, Writing Concepts will discuss a major piece of knowledge that authors would do well to be aware of.

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Developing Your Character

This article was originally published in The Writer’s Everything, Issue #009.

Is he actively trying to move?

Although many characters may have lofty dreams of living somewhere other than where they currently do, not all characters have the motivation or the circumstances to see their dreams through to fulfillment. In The Lord of the Rings, Bilbo takes clear, deliberate actions to achieve his goal of leaving the Shire behind and going on another adventure. In The Office, Jim Halpert refuses to move, even when the circumstances are perfect for him to do so, because he doesn’t want to leave Pam. However, when she rejects him, he immediately accepts the new job opportunity he’s been offered and moves to Stamford.

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Writing Definitions

This article was originally published in The Writer’s Everything, Issue #009.

Like any career or hobby, there’s a whole world built around writing that you may just be beginning to scratch the surface of. And let’s face it, we’re not born knowing how to respond if someone on Twitter asks if the MC in your WIP finds the McGuffin, or if it was just a red herring all along. 

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Editing—Things To Look Out For, Part One

This article was originally published in The Writer’s Everything, Issue #009.

You’ve finally done it. You’ve put in the time, the effort, the blood, sweat, and tears. You’ve come out on the other side victorious, a first draft in your shaky grasp. Creating an entire novel is a substantial undertaking. No doubt by the time you typed “The End” on the last page of your document, you were ready to take a break.

Taking time away from your manuscript, especially after an intense, no holds barred experience like the recent National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), is certainly understandable. In fact, most people consider it to be a necessity. There’s something about spending time away from a project that allows you to be able to see things objectively, and thus make drastic improvements on your first draft.

The idea of editing, however, is a daunting prospect to many writers. For first-timers, it may seem utterly impossible. You know that there is so much to do, but you can’t find a clear indication of where to start. So what should you look for when you begin the editing process on your work-in- progress (WIP)?

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From The Editor

This article was originally published in The Writer’s Everything, Issue #009.

The beginning of the new year has finally arrived, and with it come all sorts of exciting new changes. It’s a new month, a new year, and a new decade.

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Crafting Compelling Character Arcs—Iron Man

This article was originally published in The Writer’s Everything, Issue #008.

In Avengers: Endgame, Tony Stark utters the now-iconic words that first opened the door eleven years earlier to the flood of record-breaking content that is the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU).

What were they? “I am Iron Man.”

If you’ve seen the movie, you know exactly what moment I’m speaking of, as well as what a profound and moving moment it truly is.

If we look at it from a thematic standpoint, however, we find that it is more than just an emotional and heart-wrenching end to a three-hour-and-two-minute action extravaganza. It was the conclusion to a deep, meaningful, well-crafted character arc.

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Writing Concepts

This article was originally published in The Writer’s Everything, Issue #008.

The Purpose Of Writing Concepts

Every week, published in my writing magazine, The Writer’s Everything, Writing Concepts will discuss a major piece of knowledge that authors would do well to be aware of.

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Developing Your Character

This article was originally published in The Writer’s Everything, Issue #008.

What is the condition of the inside of his home?

The condition of the inside of a character’s home can reveal deep aspects of a character’s personality. Perhaps he’s organized and likes to have everything in its place. Perhaps he’s obsessive, freaking out if a single item is knocked out of line. Or perhaps he is lazy, having little to no desire to clean and maintain his home. In The Big Bang Theory, Leonard and Sheldon live in a state of organized chaos, while Penny’s apartment is nothing short of pure, messy disorganization. In the Iron Man series, Tony Stark is very obsessive about having everything in his house organized just right, even going as far as to make a big deal over the location of a giant stuffed rabbit.

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Writing Definitions

This article was originally published in The Writer’s Everything, Issue #008.

Like any career or hobby, there’s a whole world built around writing that you may just be beginning to scratch the surface of. And let’s face it, we’re not born knowing how to respond if someone on Twitter asks if the MC in your WIP finds the McGuffin, or if it was just a red herring all along. 

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