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Category: Writing Fiction

Quick Intro to Dialects in Dialogue

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Novels and Visual Effects in Film

Most new writers I’ve worked with share the crucial misconception that the way to write…

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Plotting Fiction: Outline or Improvise?

Getting from an initial idea to a completed story seems like a mysterious process for…

Plotting Fiction: Putting the MICE Ratio to Work

The first step to solving any problem is diagnosing it. That begins with figuring out…

Plotting Fiction: The MICE Ratio

When a single thematic element predominates in a story, it suggests a particular narrative structure.…

Plotting Fiction: The Event Story

The event story is similar to the character story in that both deal with disruptions…

Plotting Fiction: The Character Story

Your internal state evolves with your external circumstances. Big life events can have a profound…

Plotting Fiction: The Idea Story

he idea story builds suspense by withholding information. The resolution comes when the hidden information…

Plotting Fiction: The Milieu Story

Exactly what sort of payoff you need to deliver will be determined by the kind…

Plotting Fiction: Beginnings and Endings

A story demands resolution. The promise of a solution to a mystery, or generally an…

Plotting Fiction: Get Your Facts Straight, Part 2

There’s an old adage in journalism: “If your mother says she loves you, check it…

Plotting Fiction: Get Your Facts Straight, Part 1

Inaccuracies creep in when we are in the heat of creation. We take shortcuts because…

Plotting Fiction: Keeping Track of Time, Part 2

Reconciling objective and subjective chronology might seem simpler in fiction: after all, the author controls…

Plotting Fiction: Keeping Track of Time, Pt 1

Our heroes live in a world, and despite all their antics, life goes on for…

Plotting Fiction: Keeping Your Story Straight

Keeping your story straight is mostly a matter of holding yourself accountable.

Third-Person POV on Other Characters

We live our lives behind one set of eyes, but we can tell a lot…

Guide to Olde English

“Olde English” is all made up, but the individual words themselves did exist in general…

How to Write Stock Characters: Good Villains

The audience must believe a villain would actually behave that way, which means understanding and…

The Optional Comma

The optional comma can go or not go somewhere depending on what you think works…

Mistakes New Fiction Writers Make: Dialogue

Using terms like "uttered," "exclaimed," or "interjected" can pull your reader out of the flow…

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