Give your readers the equation, but let them do the math. It's more fulfilling, and keeps your reader engaged, when you let your story's subtext reveal itself.

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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.

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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.

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Creating a believable character for your story begins with an initial idea, but the process of developing her into a complex, real personality will require thought and research.

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Whatever your chosen format as an author – novels, short stories, essays, etc. – trying your hand at others is an excellent writing exercise. Here are six writing formats to consider.

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Without the "me" in your memoir – the fragile and imperfect person who lived the events in your story – you leave out the human element your readers long to connect with.

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