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Quick writing tips to help you become a better writer and author from NYT best-selling author, editor, and writing coach Carrie Jones

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October 05, 2022 00:05:47
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Not So Wild and Crazy Writing Advice

Steve Martin had a catch phrase from his time on SNL and standup that he was a wild and crazy guy. He had an entirely different persona in the skit but you could feel it and tell he’d been inspired by something in real life and turned it into comedy through exaggeration. Now, decades after […] ...

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September 28, 2022 00:05:04
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How To Make Your Characters Flawed As F And Why You Should

The character in your story is the heart of your story. It does not matter if that character is a person or a troll or a manatee. That character is the soul of your story. Setting, theme, plot are important, but the most important aspect is creating a character that the reader can connect with. […] ...

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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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