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Plot Writing Techniques

Stop Info Dumping in Your Story

Backstory adds a rich, accessible feeling to your characters. It tells us about your hero’s traumatic past, the villain’s abusive spouse, or the layout of your story’s world. In other words, it’s an essential part of storytelling. But backstories can be very difficult to tell without info dumping. So how do you fix an info […]

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Characters Writing Techniques

5 Reasons to Keep The Parents Alive and Not Orphan Your Characters

It’s a good general rule of thumb: Don’t kill your parents. Especially in real life. (Love you, mom!) However, in the world of fiction, both in novels and in movies, the writers seem to kill off the parents with reckless abandon. Let’s see how many orphaned characters I can name off the top of my […]

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Short Stories Writing Techniques

How to Create the Perfect Short Story

As a young writer, I envied people who could write short stories. I followed all the formulas, filled out all the character sheets, and watched another writer win the contest. So I told myself that I couldn’t write short stories, that novel-length works were more my style. Boy, was I wrong. The short story is […]

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Characters Writing Techniques

No More Wimps: How To Make Your Characters Fight Back

It goes without saying– no matter what medium you’re working in, you want your audience to connect with your characters. It can be hard to make sure the readers care about your main character. You want them to see your character’s tragic past, to sympathize with their pain, and start rooting for them. So all […]