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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You can write a love story outside the romance genre. Romance is a staple of all types of literature. So when is it a "romance" and when is it just a book with a love story? Usually, it’s obvious.

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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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The emotional map of your book is different than the plot, though the two are tightly related. Being aware of this emotional current can bring clarity to your writing, and is a powerful way to progress your story.

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A micro-memoir focuses on one moment – maybe only seconds long. Whether it's the actual start to your book, or just a way to get you to start the writing process, these little scenes will set the stage for the larger story.

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