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Portraying a Murderer: 4 Lessons from Macbeth

Shakespeare’s Macbeth contains all the ingredients of good crime fiction. It has a murderer, means, motive, opportunity, and alibis, all interwoven into a tension filled storyline. Most importantly, it delves into the soul of a man who has committed such a wicked crime.  Continue reading Portraying a Murderer: 4 Lessons from Macbeth

How to Outline Your Story in 5 Acts

Let’s be honest: Shakespeare’s plays aren’t always easy to translate, even though they’re technically written in Modern English. Between the inverted syntax and obsolete words, it can sometimes feel like you’re reading a different language.

Despite that (and often because of it) Shakespeare’s writings are phenomenal. He wrote beautifully about the human condition, tackling any number of subjects that are as relevant today as they were centuries ago. Really, is it any wonder that there have been so many modern adaptations of his work? From tragic romance to witty comedic intrigues, his work is timeless, filled with strong, well-developed characters we can all relate to.
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10 Great Quotes on Character Development

To me, there’s nothing more important than good characterization. That doesn’t mean characters have to be good, necessarily, but they do need to elicit a strong, emotional response in the reader. There needs to be a human connection, which can only happen when you show your characters’ humanity. They need both light and darkness, flaws and fears and strengths and everything in between. They need to be complex, sometimes paradoxical, never purely black or white.

Simplicity is overrated. Perfection is boring. The very best, most memorable characters are raw and messy and complicated. Most importantly? They’re real.

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