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5 Mistakes about the Timing of Events in Your Story That You Should Avoid

5 Mistakes about the Timing of Events in Your Story That You Should Avoid

By on Feb 5, 2017 in Fiction, Writing Tips

When you look at the basic structure of a scene, you get two different compounds: action that leads to disaster, and the aftermath. The aftermath is slow, compared to the action of the scene. But they are rarely balanced. The aftermath can be only a sentence after a series of activities, or a long period of reflection. The truth is, trying to control the timing of...

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How to Write Unforeseen Events in Your Novels

How to Write Unforeseen Events in Your Novels

By on Dec 26, 2016 in Fiction, Writing Tips

Unforeseen events give spice to a novel, and turn it from a tightly plotted piece into a masterpiece that will remain in the readers’ minds for years to come. Just look at your favorite books. What is it that makes them so memorable and so enjoyable that you want to reread them, over and over again? The answer is always the same. Your favorite novels have a tightly...

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How Not to Write a Male Protagonist

How Not to Write a Male Protagonist

By on Nov 30, 2016 in Fiction, Writing Tips

Protagonists have a key role in a story. They need to drive the story forward, they need to be active instead of reactive and they should be many other things to satisfy the needs of a story. Male protagonists appear deceptively easy to write and because of that, many times the protagonist’s characterization suffers as a result. It is also easy to assume that female...

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How to Write the Perfect Female Antagonist

How to Write the Perfect Female Antagonist

By on Nov 21, 2016 in Fiction, Writing Tips

Well, for starters, you could stop thinking of her as female first, antagonist second. It should be the other way around. Or, you could simply think of her as the antagonist, regardless of gender. If you were to create a male antagonist, how would you go for it? Could you use the same techniques if you are creating a female antagonist? The answer would be both yes...

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5 Plot Mistakes You Must Avoid

5 Plot Mistakes You Must Avoid

By on Nov 15, 2016 in Fiction, Writing Tips

Below, we are presenting five plot mistakes that might sneak up in your writing and have you pulling at your hair trying to fix them. Well, any writing mistake has the potential to do that, because one aspect of writing, for example, characterization, plotting, or worldbuilding, is not isolated from the others. In other words, a characterization mistake can easily...

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How to Start Showing and Stop Telling in Your Stories

How to Start Showing and Stop Telling in Your Stories

By on Nov 12, 2016 in Fiction, Writing Tips

Any aspiring writer knows the rule of “show, don’t tell.” In essence, the rule advises writers not to tell in their stories, but to show. What the rule does not dwell upon is how to show instead of tell in a story. The rule does not elaborate on how the writer can know that he has started showing and stopped telling in his story. Below, we have elaborated a bit on...

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