Category Archives: Outlining

Boring! How to Diagnose Your Bad Backstory – Helping Writers Become Authors

Getting your backstory right can propel your story (and your readers) forward into the depths of your story armed with all the information they need. Getting it wrong can bog your story (and your readers) down enough to cause it to grind to a horrible, screeching halt.

Reveals how Dumas balanced the backstory in The Three Musketeers to give readers just the right amount of information at just the right moment.

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The Secret to Writing Dynamic Characters: It’s Always Their Fault – Helping Writers Become Authors

It’s a fine line that crosses over to a slippery slope you don’t want to go down. Learn how to torture your characters properly.

It’s a joke among writers: we are so mean to our characters! But your pursuit of conflict can trip you up in writing dynamic characters. Learn why!

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How to Choose the Right Antagonist for Your Story – Helping Writers Become Authors

Aha! How to choose just the right bad guy/gal/thing for your story!

 

Want to learn how to choose the right antagonist for your story? All you have to do is double-check him against this four-part checklist.

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The Right Way and the Wrong Way to Foreshadow a Story – Helping Writers Become Authors

Foreshadowing is essential to good storytelling, but it is equally important to do it in the right way.

Sloppy or forced foreshadowing leaves readers feeling confused and manipulated. Here are 4 things to avoid in figuring out how to foreshadow a story.

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Most Common Writing Mistakes, Pt. 53: No Contractions in Dialogue – Helping Writers Become Authors

Contractions are normal in everyday speech. Your dialogue won’t sound real without using them.

 

Find out why contractions in dialogue need to find a place in your writing—along with a few exceptions, in which it is actually best to avoid them.

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The #1 Key to Relatable Characters: Backstory – Helping Writers Become Authors

Backstory, backstory, backstory … it can make your main story if you do it right or seriously doom your main story if you do it wrong.

The reason you love backstory is because it’s the discovery of character. Turns out, that’s why readers love it too–but only if you use these 3 must-haves.

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4 Tips for Choosing the Most Immersive Story Settings – Helping Writers Become Authors

Your setting is the background upon which you paint your story. Make it the best possible one and allow it to pull your readers into an immersive experience.

Introduce too many story settings and your readers’ attention and emotional connection fragments. Here are 4 tips for finding the perfect settings.

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