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Fiction

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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The 7 Main Story Elements and Why They Matter

The 7 Main Story Elements and Why They Matter

August 28, 2020

You’ve got a story idea you’re certain has the potential to impact lives. Where do you start? There’s enough writing advice on the internet to overwhelm you and make you want to quit before you even begin. So let’s simplify things. Writing a story is… [Continue reading below]

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The Hero's Journey

The Hero’s Journey: A Classic Story Structure

August 7, 2020

Writing a compelling story, especially if you’re new at this, can be grueling.   Conflicting advice online can overwhelm you, making you want to quit before you’ve written a word. But you know more than you think. Stories saturate our lives. We talk, think, and communicate… [Continue reading below]

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Character Motivation How to Craft Realistic Characters

Character Motivation: How to Craft Realistic Characters

July 7, 2020

List a handful of your favorite novels and I’ll bet they have one thing in common: an unforgettable main character. From Captain Ahab to Atticus Finch and from Harry Potter to Katniss Everdeen, such memorable characters seem like long-lost friends. Inventing characters and infusing them… [Continue reading below]

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