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September 21, 2022 00:03:42
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Oh Baby, Look at that Backstory and Goals

Without knowing the backstory, we wouldn’t know the emotional goals of the character, the why for their tangible goals. Instead we’d be reading and thinking, yeah, he wants this. So what? ...

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September 14, 2022 00:06:39
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Writing Exceptional Characters Part One Backstory

Hey! Join us this week as we talk about writing exceptional characters starting with backstory! It’s quick. It’ll make you a better author. It’s free. ...

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September 07, 2022 00:04:20
Writing Tips Putting Scene and Sequel Together

Writing Tips Putting Scene and Sequel Together

It’s the last in our three-week series on scene and structure the Dwight Swain way. Let’s go. Like we said in the first week, Swain makes us writers think of basic elemental structure and creating our novels in four steps: Making cool characters. Grouping your sentences and paragraphs into motivation reaction units. Grouping those motivation […] ...

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August 31, 2022 00:05:59
The sexy  part of story structure: Scene and Sequel

The sexy part of story structure: Scene and Sequel

So last week on the podcast and on our blog where we elaborated a bit, we talked about the four main elements of story structure according to Dwight Swain, who wrote The Techniques of the Selling Writer. Those were: Making cool characters. Grouping your sentences and paragraphs into motivation reaction units. Grouping those motivation reaction […] ...

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August 24, 2022 00:06:37
It is Super Natural: Four Basic Elements To Your Story

It is Super Natural: Four Basic Elements To Your Story

When I talk about novel structure, I talk a lot about Dwight Swain who wrote  Techniques of the Selling Writer. Swain has some really cool elemental aspects that he talks about and no, they don’t have to do with inciting incidents or the climax—at least not initially, and I thought it would be fun if […] ...

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August 17, 2022 00:06:28
Desire vs danger, it's what your story is about

Desire vs danger, it's what your story is about

Dwight Swain has a book, The Techniques of a Selling Writer, and there’s a chapter (well many) that talk about story structure, but one specifically begins like this: “All stories are ‘about’ the same thing: desire versus danger.” Swain So that’s a really good place to start. What does your character desire (or as we […] ...

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