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Every Scene Needs…A Reply

Every Scene Needs…A Reply

In another post (Every Scene Needs...A Question) we talked about how every scene has an implicit question related to whether the character will get what they want.  This is how you build tension, which is the key to powerful storytelling, whether it’s fiction,...

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Every Scene Needs…A Question

Every Scene Needs…A Question

Every good scene implicitly plants a story question, then answers it. Actually, you're planting three questions! And they're always related to your character(s). These ‘questions’ fall into one of three realms, or axes, but at its core, the question for the reader is...

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Adversity Builds Character

Adversity Builds Character

Characters Are Your Story We writers spend a lot of time working on plot, and that's great. Plots are fun. I mean, who doesn't like a murdered coworker or a cupcake bakery in trouble or a zombie invasion?? But in a lot of genre fiction--and especially...

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A Secret to Crafting Must-Read Backstory

Backstory Can Kill Story... Backstory...ugh. Or yay? Love it or hate it, backstory is essential to building a powerful, memorable character. And yet backstory can make writers pull out their hair. Why does backstory present such a problem? * It can slow the pace,...

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