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narrative structure

Narrative Structure, Part Two: It’s OK To Stray (or: Don’t Forget Your Cockroach Races)

One way to create a memorable story is to take a minute to let your characters breathe. Build a scene where you exit the narrative structure and allow your readers to bond with the characters.
internal conflict

Internal Conflict And Your Characters

In dramatic writing, internal conflict is basically the darkest aspects of a character married to that individual’s greatest fears.
narrative structure

Narrative Structure, Part One: What It Is and How To Use It

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.
creating a believable character

Two Stages of Creating A Believable Character

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.
three-dimensional characters

Writing three-dimensional characters

In your attempt to create characters your readers crave, these five steps can help you get to know and understand your players well enough to write living, breathing three-dimensional characters on the page.
writing a book

Don’t start cold – five ways to ease into writing a book

For me, it’s way too intimidating to just start crafting a book with the first word of the first sentence, so I've learned how to release the valve to set my ideas and words free. Here are five ways I start writing a book to warm up, ease into it, and do some crucial background work so my story will truly come to life.
storytelling lessons from stranger things

Things I Learned About Storytelling From Stranger Things

It's good practice to reverse-engineer the stories you love most and apply the best storytelling elements to your own writing. Stranger Things had that effect on me, and here's what I learned.

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