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unreliable narrator

What is an Unreliable Narrator?

May 4, 2021

You can use a variety of literary devices to add conflict and tension to narrative fiction. But few make readers work harder than the unreliable narrator, a device that, true to its name, allows the storyteller to take readers on a wild goose chase as… [Continue reading below]

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internal and external conflict

Internal and External Conflict: Tips for Creating Unforgettable Characters

February 16, 2021

How do you keep readers riveted to the end? Conflict is the engine of fiction. Readers love it. Dianna and I recently celebrated our 50th wedding anniversary and agree on almost everything. That’s a gift. On the page? Boring. The more conflict, the more interesting… [Continue reading below]

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Creative Writing 101

Creative Writing 101

January 4, 2021

You love to write and have been told you have a way with words. So you’ve decided to give writing a try—creative writing. Problem is, you’re finding it tougher than it looks. You may even have a great story idea, but you’re not sure how… [Continue reading below]

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Great Opening Lines

How to Start a Story: 4 Proven Tips

October 19, 2020

Acquisitions editors and agents can reject some manuscripts within the first two pages. If they aren’t hooked immediately, they move on. That doesn’t sound fair — and maybe it isn’t — but that’s the reality we writers face. Even if you’re self-publishing and avoiding the… [Continue reading below]

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8 Types of Characters to Include in Your Story

8 Types of Characters to Include in Your Story

October 6, 2020

Why do we remember characters like Huckleberry Finn, Oliver Twist, Frodo Baggins, and Harry Potter years after we meet them? Page-turning novels feature believable characters with human flaws, people who grow heroic in the end. So how do you conjure up characters like that? First,… [Continue reading below]

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