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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.
good straight man

Your Story Needs A Good Straight Man

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

Rags-to-Riches, Riches-to-Rags, and Roundtrips

Two of the classic story shapes are "the fall" or "the rise." In these story arcs, the main character climbs to a peak of happiness, falls from one, or does a round-trip for maximum emotional impact.
The Pill In Your Book

One Thing You Absolutely Need In Your Book

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.
mokita

The Mokita Of Your Book

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.
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.

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