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Is Your MC Smarter than a 5th Grader, Part III

We’re back, folks. In today’s final post, we’ll discuss how to make a smart character do all sorts of dumb things. Check out Post I and Post II on this topic for more info on creating (and controlling) smart characters. … Continue reading






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Is Your MC Smarter than a 5th Grader, Part II

Welcome back to MC-smartness=off.  (See a previous post for MC-smartness=on)  You’re here to craft a main character who’s one of the duller pencils in the writing box. Wait, what?  Why would you want that? Because: 1)      Characters need flaws.  Stupidity can be one of them.  (Jane Austin’s Emma, Inspector … Continue reading






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