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Characterization: One of the Most Vital Writing Skills

by Stefan Emunds

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Personality word cloud collage, social concept background

This is the fifth article of the article series The Yin and Yang Relationship Between Psychology and StorytellingThe first article is about reader investment and reader engagement. In the second article, we covered how to create story experiences that feel real to life.… Read the post

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10 Ways to Get Your Story Un-Stuck

By Janice Hardy, @Janice_Hardy

When your story stalls take heart—it’s not the end of your novel.

It stinks, but every writer gets stuck from time to time. Some days, it’s a short stall and you struggle with a single scene for a few hours before figuring out how to move forward.… Read the post

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How Small Decisions Can Make Huge Story Impact

by Fae Rowen

We all make hundreds of decisions every day, whether it’s to go one more day without washing our hair or deciding what we're going to read. Most of those decisions are routine and unremarkable. But I bet you can remember a seemingly unremarkable decision that had a big impact on your life.… Read the post

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What's Love Got to Do with It? - Part Two

Fae on a camel in Egyptby Fae Rowen

This post isn't just for romance writers.

As a genre fiction writer you know that to be drawn into your story, your readers have to care about your characters. This is true of all genres-women's fiction, historical, mystery, thriller, science fiction and all the rest, including the new "hybrid genres."… Read the post

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Does Your Story Lack A Heartbeat?

by Sharla Rae

Recently, at one of our WITS critique meetings, we found ourselves asking why one of our partner’s characters was doing something that appeared illogical. The writer explained it wasn’t illogical at all. It fit her character’s motivation. To which we replied, “what motivation?… Read the post

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