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How to Write a Compelling Redemption Arc

August 22, 2023

Redemption has always been a popular theme, especially in—though not limited to—the Inspirational market. However, redemption arcs can easily fall victim to cliché or become artificial constructs designed to put a character in a good light as your story wraps up. Done wrong, they come off planted, cheap, and undeserved. However, crafted effectively, the redemption […]

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How to Write a Flashback

August 17, 2023

Written well, a flashback can give your readers insight into a character and add depth to your story. Done poorly, it can feel out of place, forced, and worse—cliched. A flashback constitutes an interruption of your main onstage present story to depict events from the past. If you flash back, you must have a concrete […]

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What makes a great villain?

What Makes a Great Villain? Your Checklist for Writing a Good Bad Guy

July 24, 2023

Nothing makes your hero more heroic than a worthy opponent. So don’t shortchange your villain. Spend every bit as much time crafting him as you do your lead character, if you want your story to work. (Though I will use male pronouns throughout, this applies equally if your main character is a heroine or your […]

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How to write short stories

How to Write a Short Story That Captivates Your Reader

July 10, 2023

Trying to write a short story is the perfect place to begin your writing career. Why? Because it reveals many of the obstacles, dilemmas, and questions you’ll face when creating fiction of any length. If you find these things knotty in a short story, imagine how profound they would be in a book-length tale. Most […]

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Mastering Foreshadowing in Your Story

July 3, 2023

If your story starts with anything foreboding—creaking floors, snuffed-out candles, or  threatening skies, you’re implying danger or terrible trouble ahead for your main character.  Masterful storytellers foreshadow such things with disquieting clues of what’s to come.  What is Foreshadowing? And Why is it Important? Foreshadowing is a literary device authors use to lay a foundation […]

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