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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How to Write a Character’s Backstory

May 30, 2023

Knowing the history of your main character allows you to craft a character arc that keeps readers engaged from start to finish. In The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, author C.S. Lewis sends the Pevensie children to live with a professor in the English countryside to escape London and the havoc of World War […]

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What is the Antagonist in a Story?

May 15, 2023

If it’s true that conflict is the engine of fiction—and I believe it is—what is the best way to inject it into your fiction? By introducing a worthy, effective antagonist. What is an Antagonist? It’s your villain, and every good story needs one. While some would argue that certain nonhuman elements, like the weather or […]

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Literary Devices and How to Use Them in Fiction

February 13, 2023

As novelists, our job is to create a story that captivates readers from the get-go. Literary devices such as metaphor, irony, backstory, et al, can help readers better understand, feel, or see a greater meaning to a piece of writing. But with many literary devices to choose from, how do you best use them? Subtly. […]

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Writing in Third-Person Point of View

January 31, 2023

What is Third-Person Point of View?  Do you wonder, as so many budding writers do, how to master Point of View? Third-person point of view is most common in storytelling—and with good reason. While first-person may be the easiest POV for readers to understand, because that makes it easier to avoid head hopping, third-person is […]

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