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Top 10 Cities for Authors to Visit

This piece presents ten cities famous for their inspiring literary histories – Paris, Tokyo, Dublin, Barcelona, New York City, Edinburgh, Istanbul, Buenos Aires, Reykjavik, and Belfast. Each city has unique offerings, from iconic libraries and bookstores to historical locations and spaces that have inspired renowned authors. The author also highlights famous works from Belfast, setting the stage for its rich literary landscape. […]

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10 tips for creating believable protagonists!

Creating relatable protagonists relies on developing a strong backstory, flawed yet compelling characteristics, goals, internal conflicts, authentic dialogue, unique strengths, and emotional resonance. Characters should also be allowed to face challenges that catalyze growth and be placed in moral dilemmas. Similarly, when creating a protagonist, avoid pitfalls like unrealistic perfection, cultural stereotypes, one-dimensional traits, excessive backstory sharing, and lack of diversity. The character should be an active participant in their journey and should not be too predictable or overpowered. […]