All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘Conflict’

Offensive Writing

Sometimes characters in stories say, do, or believe things that would be offensive if they happened in real life. Sometimes …

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Finding the Friction

Let’s face it – as writers we do terrible things to our characters. It’s not that we really want to. …

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Got Ideas?

Once upon a time … Many a classic story starts with those immortal words. But after that, anything can happen. …

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Streamlining Your Story

The ability to summarize a story in a few words is a sign of strong storytelling. Try it, and you’ll …

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Introduction and Conflict

Among the key components of amazing stories are really interesting, compelling characters, and believable conflict to complicate the lives of …

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Making the Scene

Let’s say you’ve written yourself a scene. In one corner you’ve got a protagonist, or two if you’ve really written …

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Can Your Conflict Cut the Mustard?

Fiction writers can find story ideas everywhere. Dragons must be slain, wizards need apprentices, and stars explode with unintended consequences. …

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The Footsteps of Story

In novel revision, tracking the surprises and twists that keep a reader turning pages takes meticulous planning and pruning, and …

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The Dot and the Line

So a Dot and a Line walk into a bar. The dot says, “I see something has changed.” The line …

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Stuck on Snapshots

Holly teaches that the heart of storytelling is focusing on what’s different, and the key to the scene is conflict …

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