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Category: Writing Craft

How Many Scenes Does It Take to Tell Your Story?

by Sarah (Sally) Hamer

Of course, the easy answer is: As many as it takes. (Really helpful, right?)

The problem answer is: It depends on many things.

What Is a Scene?

First, let’s define a scene. In most stories, it’s a small section of the main book, which can be anything from super short (under a page) to super long (the entire book – although I don’t recommend it!).… Read the post

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The Yin and Yang Relationship Between Psychology and Storytelling

by Stefan Emunds

This new multi-part series at Writers In the Storm by Stefan Emunds examines the intersection of psychology and storytelling. Stefan, the author of the international bestseller, The Eight Crafts of Writing, is demystifying the how-to of applying psychology to storytelling to enhance your skills and the readers’ experience.… Read the post

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Create Stronger Characters by Giving Them Roles

By Janice Hardy, @Janice_Hardy

Give characters a specific role like in a movie

There’s one trick I use that makes writing—and developing—my characters a whole lot easier.

I’ve always been a bit of a pantser when it comes to characters. I figure out only the basics of who they are and where they came from before I start a draft, and I learn who they are by putting them into terrible situations and seeing how they get out of it.… Read the post

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Using Impossible Choices to Empower Your Conflict

By Shirley Jump

two fists showing empowered conflict

You want to know how to make a book that is so incredibly compelling, the reader can’t put it down, and must stay up until two in the morning to see how it ends? It’s simple, if you understand what drives connection between the reader and the character.… Read the post

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Why First Person POV Is NOT Deep POV

by Lisa Hall-Wilson

colorful silouette of head representing muddled point of view

First Person POV is not automatically deep POV. First person leans heavily on a narrator construct. Once you understand what the narrator voice is, how it’s used, and how to recognize it, you’ll see where first person POV differs from Deep POV.… Read the post

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