There’s something about a great villain that can engage an audience, energize a book, and provide a satisfying source of conflict.
One way to create a memorable story is to take a minute to let your characters breathe. Build a scene where you exit the narrative structure and allow your readers to bond with the characters.
In dramatic writing, internal conflict is basically the darkest aspects of a character married to that individual’s greatest fears.
You need a good straight man (or woman) to bring your comedic, heroic, or otherwise unconventional characters into sharper focus.
Two of the classic story shapes are "the fall" or "the rise." In these story arcs, the main character climbs to a peak of happiness, falls from one, or does a round-trip for maximum emotional impact.
In almost every story, there is a pill that makes something exciting happen. Whether it brings love, stardom, happiness, or calamity in your book is up to you.
Sometimes what your book needs is an elephant or two in the room. That's what a mokita is, and while we don’t want these elephants in our real lives, they can be powerful agents in your storytelling.