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Tag: Lynette M. Burrows

Beguile Your Readers with Tension, Suspense, and Conflict

Part One

Some of if not the most important storytelling concepts a writer needs to understand are the concepts of tension, suspense, and conflict in stories. Those three things can captivate your audience and keep them turning pages. However, the concepts overlap enough to cause confusion.… Read the post

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How to Escape Imposter Syndrome in Your Writing Life
Image is a face facing left and a face facing right. Suggesting we sometimes have two faces, one we show and one we don't.

There’s a lot written about Imposters Syndrome. Most of it attempts to reassure us that feeling like an imposter is normal. I’m not here to argue with that. But too many of us do not realize how deviously imposter syndrome can invade your creative life. Or… Read the post

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A Powerful Plot Point is a Strategy for a Successful Story
Photograph of a road sign on a tree-lined street that is labeled "turning point" with a black line representing a road that dead ends shortly after a left turn.

There are hundreds of books and classes that insist a writer must start with a story with a specific story structure. This implies that anyone who doesn’t use that method is writing their stories the wrong way. Some writers avoid structure, saying it stifles their creativity.… Read the post

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Ignite Your Reader’s Imagination with the Inciting Incident

By Lynette M. Burrows

Photo of a stop sign and markings on the road at a forced turn, two-way crossroad in a rural countryside scene. Symbolic of the forced turn your protagonist takes in the inciting incident.

How do you, as a writer, capture your readers’ hearts and minds? With a spark that grabs the reader. No, that spark is not the first sentence, though it is important. The spark that grabs the reader is an inciting incident that ignites the reader’s imagination.… Read the post

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Make Flat Characters Genuine in 8 (Sort of) Easy Steps
Image of two rows of paper dolls and their reflections in shades of green.

Have you been told you have “flat characters” in your story? Reel in your emotions and re-examine your characters. Does your character have little to no internal life? As your character moves through the story, does she overcome nearly every obstacle?… Read the post

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