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“Write three-dimensional characters.” “Bring your characters to life.” “Create realistic human experiences.” These ditties of ..read more
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Clues, mysteries, plot reveals, and plot twists—these are some of a writer’s stock tricks for hooking readers page after page. But as ..read more
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Stories have intentions. That wonderful idea was just one of many nuggets I found myself highlighting in what has so far turned out to be ..read more
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Choosing a protagonist is often more of an event than a process. Writers sometimes feel more like the protagonist chooses them than the ..read more
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I talk to my wonderful mother on the phone every night. We talk about everything from health to books to psychology to faith to whatever ..read more
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For many people, dialogue is the heartbeat of fiction. As arguably the only true form of “showing” in written fiction, it offers an ..read more
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“Writing is magic,” notes Stephen King, the most prolific author in history, “as much the water of life as any other creative art. ..read more
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Man vs. Self—it’s the most archetypal of all stories. This is because all stories are ultimately rooted in the primal and personal ..read more
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“How do I figure out my character’s arc?” This is a question I receive commonly—and with good reason. Not only is your character ..read more
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Can a story have too much plot? It might surprise you (especially if you’re a regular reader of the site), but the answer is absolutely ..read more

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