There’s something about a great villain that can engage an audience, energize a book, and provide a satisfying source of conflict.

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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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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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You need a good straight man (or woman) to bring your comedic, heroic, or otherwise unconventional characters into sharper focus.

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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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Memoirs are their own class of writing, but they have to adhere to the principles of great storytelling. Here are four things to consider before you write your memoir.

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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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