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A prologue can open the door to your story and entice the reader in, or throw up a barrier that ...
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An elaborately structured plot, without clearly-defined character goals and motivations, is like mapping a trip and calling it a vacation ...
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Skillful authors weave suspense and tension to draw readers through stories on a taut thread of unanswered questions and constant ...
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One of the best ways an author can learn their own storytelling craft lies in what we already avidly do: ...
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Flashback is a powerful tool for weaving in important backstory—but as with any power tool, using it well requires knowledge ...
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A developmental editor is like any tool in your toolbox. Knowing whether and when to use one will help you ...
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The Secret to a Tight, Propulsive Plot: The Want, The Action, The Shift
Framing the overall story, as well as each scene within it, through these key elements will help create a consistently ...
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Paying attention to your own visceral reactions and thoughts can help you create richly developed characters who leap off the ...
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Third-person POV dominates the current publishing market, so it’s helpful to learn to navigate its many facets ...
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If your middle’s lost momentum, check to see if your plot, characters, stakes and suspense consistently propel readers along the ...
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Your protagonist must directly influence or engineer her own destiny. If she doesn’t, she isn’t the hero; she’s a passenger ...
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