Tropes — cultural references or recurrent themes imbued with shared meaning — can be a staple of storytelling (and a potential path to cliché).

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Focusing on the three-act structure and your nine plot points can help you construct a vibrant and meaningful narrative structure and bring your story to life.

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When conducting interviews as research for your book, make them as efficient, effective, and fun as possible.

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The balance of literal and figurative language in a book can dramatically influence a reader’s experience. What does the literal/figurative language map look like in yours?

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Accuracy and detail can bring your writing to life, whether you're writing fiction or nonfiction, and sometimes the best way to gain knowledge is to seek a source who's an expert in the field. These tips can help you find and contact the right people to interview.

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Browsing book samples refines your knowledge and can give you a way to measure your own writing. How does your book's opening compare to the classics?

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