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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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Character development in writing

Your Ultimate Guide to Character Development: 9 Steps to Creating Memorable Heroes

June 3, 2020

You’ve settled on the idea for your novel. You’ve narrowed it to a sentence or two, and you’re ready to tackle what seems an insurmountable task—developing your lead character. If you’re an Outliner (one who outlines your novel first), it’s time for character development, an… [Continue reading below]

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How to outline a novel

How to Outline a Novel: Your Complete Guide

June 3, 2020

If you’re a Pantser (one who writes by the seat of your pants), outlining a novel can appear impossible. Trust me, I know. I’ve written nearly 200 books, had 21 New York Times bestsellers, and sold over 71 million copies—and guess what? I’m not an… [Continue reading below]

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