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Plot (narrative)

Plot: The combinations of what happens and how these events are revealed to the audience. The order and arrangement create…

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Character Sheet

A character sheet is an overview of all your character information. This help you remember all the little details. It…

point of view
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Point of View

Fiction is usually written in first or third person point of view. First person point of view “I tasted blood.”…

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Affective Writing

That’s right. Affective, not effective, writing. This article is about how words make readers feel certain emotions. Sneak these words…

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Ask for feedback The most important things to fix before sending your work to an editor or publisher, is removing…

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Suspense = uncertainty of outcome to conflicts Swing the pendulum between hope and fear. Tension comes from uncertainty of outcomes….

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Conflict = Desire / Need + Obstacle Conflict = Fear VS Desire A strong conflict makes the reader feel real…

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Why should you foreshadow Not only does it create suspense and curiosity, it also allows the reader to participate in…

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Setup and Payoff

Setup = A piece of information the reader will need to know in advance to full understand and believe the…

Short Story
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Short Story Guide

800 words = moment in time 1300-2000 words = one concept explored 2000-3000 words = multiple plot lines, strong plot…

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Theme: the hero’s moral choice. Thematic questions are always the very next stop in the outline after figuring out the…

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Characterization Explicit characterization The author literally tells the audience what a character is like. This may be done via the…

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Supportive Characters

Types of Characters Round: Name this character. Let the reader see him and hear him. Give him emotions, thoughts, desires,…

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Metaphors and Similes Metaphors beat similes. Similes go like “teeth like a wolf “. It paints a bit of a…

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1 Word-Level Specificity vs vagueness Example:The animal moved through the place with the thing.The greying Dobermann ran through the moonlit…

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Solving the Floating Heads Dialogue Problem

A scene is not as engaging or dynamic when two (or more) characters do nothing but talk.

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Writing realistic dialogue is the sleight of hand magic of storytelling. Factual information wrapped in a false sense of reality,…

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The 7 Stages of Character Development

Meaningful events change us in meaningful ways and meaningful changes have consequences. Change occurs in seven stages.*Note: character development/change is…

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The Protagonist

The definition (meaning) of protagonist: The leading character or one of the major characters. The advocate or champion of a…