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Monday, May 27, 2013

Story Crafting: Structure

DEBBIE LEE WESSELMANN - Structure is one of the most difficult concepts to teach, primarily because each project requires its own peculiar organization; however, since a story’s impact depends as much as ordering as on content, aspiring writers would be well advised to analyze professionally written fiction to determine the effect of the structure.  If you are just beginning to write fiction, please note that this is an advanced topic.

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Monday, May 20, 2013

Cultivating Characters: 15 Stock Characters - and How to Restock Them

MARK NICHOL - Does the cast of characters in your novel or short story fall under some of these categories? Take care that your characters don’t fall into the cliché trap: If you find that they resemble one of the stereotypes below, reconsider your characterization or at least provide the dramatis persona with a distinguishing personality characteristic that’s a twist on the same old, same old.

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Monday, May 13, 2013

Hints and Tips: Using Beats to Bring Your Dialogue to Life - Turn the Beat Around

BOOKBABY - A “beat” is a description of the physical action a character makes while speaking, and good beats can bring your characters to life and make your dialogue pop right off the page.
Beats can also help you show your readers instead of telling them. (Misuse of show, not tell is a common mistake many first-time authors make. Remember that readers don’t like to be told what to think!)

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