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Category Archives: General Tips
All too often, authors get mired in the details of a story, trying to cram everything in and make all the pieces fit. Characters are then seen only as individuals, so they often unintentionally overlap each other’s dramatic functions. The … Continue reading
When beginning a new novel, writers are often faced with one of two initial problems that hinders them right from the get go. One – sometimes you have a story concept but can’t think of what to do with it. … Continue reading
Although it is important to work on the particulars of your story you can lose track of the big picture in doing so exclusively. Step back from time to time to take in your story as a whole. See it … Continue reading
By Melanie Anne Phillips This tip is excerpted from my book, Write Your Novel Step By Step. Click the link to read it free on my web site. In this step, we’ll explore how to clear your mental decks to make room … Continue reading
A character might change and resolve their personal angst, yet fail in their quest as a result. Was it worth it? Depends on the degree of angst and the size of the failure. Another character might not resolve their angst; … Continue reading
Interest in your story can be amped up by creating a difference between what an audience is led to expect and what actually happens. A prime example occurs in the Laurel and Hardy film, The Music Box. Stan and Ollie are piano … Continue reading
Read my new eBook, 50 Sure-Fire Storytelling Tricks!, for free at http://storymind.com/articles/page11.htm About the book – It’s not just what you say but how you say it. These fifty powerful and immediately useful “sure-fire” tips, tricks and techniques will super charge … Continue reading
In psychology, Multiple Personality Disorder describes a person who has more than one complete personality. Typically, only one of those personalities will be active at any given time. This is because they usually share attributes, and so only one can … Continue reading
Here are four useful techniques to add to your novelist’s bag of tricks: Novels Aren’t Stories A novel can be extremely free form. Some are simply narratives about a fictional experience. Others are a collection of several stories that may … Continue reading