There’s a powerful engine in your book, it’s just a bit hard to find. It’s in every word, it drives plot and characters and everything else.

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In dramatic writing, internal conflict is basically the darkest aspects of a character married to that individual’s greatest fears.

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Like a hub at the center of a wheel with spokes, the center of your book is a necessary architectural arrangement. It makes the story go 'round.

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When you add detail to your writing, you are painting with words, and you can use all the colors! Sensory language is the key.

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Discussions about structure tend to offer formulas, though formulas often lead to formulaic stories. But an understanding of narrative structure is important: you have to know the rules before you break them.

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In an important sense, unity in writing is an author’s core design principle. This is the starting point and end goal in writing.

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When you are able to control the pace of your story, you’ve mastered one of the more important skills in writing.

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