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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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August 10, 2022 00:08:29
MAKING THINGS SIZZLE – HOW DO YOU MAKE CHEMISTRY HAPPEN BETWEEN CHARACTERS

MAKING THINGS SIZZLE – HOW DO YOU MAKE CHEMISTRY HAPPEN BETWEEN CHARACTERS

K.M. Weiland writes, “Character chemistry can make all the difference in creating a superior story.” So, how do you put the chemistry sizzle between characters in your story? That’s a big question for a lot of us writers because a lot of readers want romance and fire and good swoony things between characters even when the book […] ...

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August 03, 2022 00:05:58
Character Development and Novel Structures are Creepy Besties. Here's why.

Character Development and Novel Structures are Creepy Besties. Here's why.

I am a big fan of boiling things down to simple components and not spending a ton of time on things blathering on, so let’s get to it, okay? Novel structure and character development are related. Not just that, they are creepy best friends. You know the kind. They do EVERYTHING together, drink the same […] ...

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July 27, 2022 00:05:39
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WTF EVEN IS A SCENE

It’s this element of structure for the story. We all write them, but sometimes it seems like this overlooked aspect of our stories. I’m not sure why this is. It’s not as elemental as the word or punctuation. It’s not as long and sexy as a chapter. It’s not as easily diagramed as a sentence, … Continue reading "" ...

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July 20, 2022 00:09:50
PROS AND CONS OF PRESENT AND PAST TENSE

PROS AND CONS OF PRESENT AND PAST TENSE

This week we’re going to give a quick rundown of the pros and cons of present and past tense. For some books, you just write in one of these bad boys and it’s all good. But sometimes it’s not so easy and you waffle back and forth trying to choose which one to write in. […] ...

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