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Digging into the research

Let’s say there’s an aspect of your story that hinges upon some technicality that is beyond your knowledge. It could be a scene that moves the plot forward, or some backstory that is vital to character development. Whatever that is,

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When the characters take over

I’m writing for myself in a who-cares mode, and this is what I wait for: The characters in my story are so deeply involving that I don’t know what they’ll do next, I just type along on the laptop as

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Setting up for reader satisfaction

What could be better than to deeply satisfy the reader of your story? Here are some ideas for how to achieve that. PICK OUT A FEW GREAT MODELS — you probably know books that you found to be particularly enjoyable

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In whose head are we?

POINT OF VIEW In any scene, there will be one character through whose eyes we are seeing the action, or experiencing the emotions. That is point of view. Many stories are told in third person past tense. Here’s an example:

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Write for yourself

A good reason to write is just to know what will happen next! Maybe you can’t wait to sit down and start tapping the keys because vivid characters, unexpected events, complicated plots, and powerful emotions are gonna FLOW. The sky

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“We need to talk,” he said

A reader’s eye catches on a quotation markĀ  —   Dialog helps connect the reader to the story. It’s a familiar element in popular contemporary fiction, and expected in storytelling. By developing your skills in writing dialog, you assure that

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Getting a character to there from here

Evolution of a character — We see that some of the most enduring stories feature a character that goes through changes. At the beginning of the story the character has a certain perspective. Think of Mr. Ebeneezer Scrooge in Charles

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Hearts of stone

Going for complexities of emotion — Try using Katherine’s hearts of stone as a writing prompt to explore emotion. Have you ever encountered a lack of warmth upon entering a room — perhaps there was a discussion that you interrupted,

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Develop some character

Character under pressure — What will your character do when things go wrong? Let’s say you already made us care about this character by showing us the person doing something he/she is good at, or giving generously from the heart,

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