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BIG BANG not Baby Blip: Write a Satisfying Story Ending

By Lori Freeland

Have you ever read a book where the story (or romance, mystery, character arcs, or any major plot) is leading up to something big but when you get there, instead of a BIG BANG, you get a baby blip?… Read the post

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The Art of Expanding and Condensing a Story

by Leon Conrad

Tall cylindrical residential building topped with a traditional Thai architectural complex towering over a lush landscape with a dragon encircling it: Wat Samphran, Bangkok, Thailand

How long should a piece of writing be?

There is a huge range of opportunities for writers to explore between the towering masterpiece that is War and Peace and a condensed microfiction six-word story.

But what makes a piece of writing of any length work?Read the post

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Explore the Deep Structure of Story

By Leon Conrad

"We are made of stories" written on a napkin next to coffee cup and pen

We’ve been telling stories way before we started writing them down.

The structures they follow are embodied within us.

There’s much we can learn about story—and about ourselves—from analysing the patterns that stories follow.

But how?

Tracing the Path of Story

My approach is to trace the patterns that each character in a story follows.… 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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Forcing a Story to Evolve—From First Draft to Finished Draft

Writers In The Storm is delighted to welcome paranormal writer and blogger, Jami Gold! She'll be stopping in over the next few days to answer any comments you have. (Thanks, Jami!)

On my blog last week, I talked about how it’s fascinating to watch a story evolve from a story seed into a full-blown draft. … Read the post

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