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Plot isn’t just what happens. Each scene must be connected to the next by cause and effect. The action of the second scene is a consequence of the action in the first. Here’s what we mean…
Applying body language to your characters is one of the best ways to show and not tell when we write. Learn some tips in this post by regular columnist Kay Keppler.
Using description that grounds the reader in time and place can make a powerful opening—and metaphors and similes can help readers see and feel more precisely what you want them to experience.
Most of the time if the plot of your story sags along the way, it’s a problem with your conflict. We all know what conflict is, but finding it sometimes can be surprisingly difficult. A visual aid can help. Let’s review the basics of conflict and see how a conflict box can help you see if your conflict is on track.
Some books are easier to write than others. Some stories “write themselves,” while others seem uninspired. Lift Your Story with Character Archetypes.
Have you ever changed your mind about something substantial? If you ever shifted your opinion, why did you? And how did that decision shift your world view or how you lived your life?
Getting backstory right is difficult. Authors want readers to understand what made their characters into the people they are, but the usual backstory techniques.