Great Opening Lines

How to Start a Story: 5 Proven Strategies and Why They Matter

August 3, 2021

Acquisitions editors and agents reject some manuscripts within the first page or two. 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 harsh glare of professional eyes, you must rivet your readers from the… [Continue reading below]

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dynamic vs. static

Dynamic and Static Characters: The Difference and Why it Matters

July 23, 2021

Guest Post by Tami Nantz Memorable, believable characters are crucial to every good story. Consider what makes these literary classics so unforgettable: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain The Hobbit by J.R.R…. [Continue reading below]

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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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