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Your Eight-part Story Check

A fully-developed manuscript will be rich from beginning to end, from the big to the small. How does yours hold up to this eight-part check?
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Why Chapter Breaks Are A Really Big Deal

Take a fresh look at your draft by studying the space between chapters. If your chapter breaks create an unpleasant surprise, you've got them in the wrong places.
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Lost Your Work? Don’t Lose Hope.

Unexpectedly losing your writing-in-progress can feel terrible, but your rewrite can be even better. Don't lose hope, use these tips and recover your work.
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Before You Write That Fantasy Novel…

If you are writing a fantasy novel, these five considerations will help put you on the right track to creating a story that will capture readers' attention.
story world

Use Expressive Words To Build Your Story World

The marriage of story with detailed, expressive language will help you build a story world that is the heart of great writing.
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How Screenplays Differ From Novels

When developing a screenplay, you look for strong, complex characters, conflict, and emotional intensity. While the same is true for books, there are rules about screenwriting that don't apply to writing novels.
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How To Harness The Hidden Influence Of Power Words

Powerful words that pack a punch can make for highly evocative writing... but there’s something you should watch out for if you want to hit the right notes.

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