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10 Ways to Get a Stuck Story Moving Again

By Janice Hardy,
@Janice_Hardy

Top 10 List

It happens to the best of us.

We’re writing along, happy as can be, and then WHAM! Our story stalls. We write a scene, scrap it, write it again, move pieces around, cut and paste the same paragraph in nine different spots, but nothing works.… Read the post

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Plot Backward to Move Forward with Your Novel

By Janice Hardy, @Janice_Hardy 

plotting your storyUnless you're playing with a non-chronological story structure, plot unfolds as time marches on in a novel. It starts when the problem is discovered (more or less), and ends when the problem is resolved. But just because the story is in chronological order, doesn't mean we need to plot it that way.… Read the post

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6 Ways Your Setting Can Create Conflict

By Janice Hardy, @Janice_Hardy

No matter what form it takes, conflict is at the core of every story. It’s part of what drives the plot, and it’s what makes readers eager to read on to see if the protagonist succeeds.… Read the post

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How Judgmental Are Your Characters?

Janice Hardy, @Janice_Hardy

Scales of Justice

In real life, being judgmental might cause a few problems, but in fiction, it's something every character should aspire to. How characters--especially the point of view characters--judge the world around them shows readers what that world is like and how it works (and even non-genre writers need to world build, it's just a little different in the details).… Read the post

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