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The Heart of Goal-Motivation-Conflict

By Laurie Schnebly Campbell

Bridge Closed

We all know the Big Three elements that keep a story engaging. A character has a goal, which they want to achieve because of some motivation, and while trying to reach it, they run into some conflict.… Read the post

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Edge of their Seats

by Laurie Schnebly Campbell

girl reading on the edge of her seat

Whether you’re writing a coming-of-age story, a serial killer thriller, a quilting cozy, a paranormal epic, a historical romance, or a children’s bedtime story, you want there to be enough tension to keep readers eagerly turning pages.… Read the post

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Where the Trouble Starts

by Laurie Schnebly Campbell

mosquito writing with a tornado in the background

Some books open with a tornado roaring through town and leaving the protagonist without any house, transportation, light, or even food.

Others open with the protagonist discovering their soon-to-be spouse is already married with six kids at home.… Read the post

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How Much Does Genre Matter?

by Laurie Schnebly Campbell

Genre is often a hot topic of discussion in the writing world, and new writers particularly wonder how much does genre matter?

For some writers, genre is an integral part of their craft.

  • “All I’ve ever done are thrillers, but someday I might like to branch out.”
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When Is Your Story Done?

by Laurie Schnebly Campbell

When have you arrived at the end of your story - exhibited by words on a typewriter.

How can you tell when it’s time to stop editing your work and start sending it out?

We’ve all been through that question. Sometimes every few days, sometimes every few books. But for just about any writer, there are times when it’s hard to know WHEN the work is ready to go.… Read the post

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