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Applying The 5 Ws of Journalism to Storytelling New!

Both new and experienced writers are afraid of a blank page. It is no small feat to climb the mountain of starting a new story, and when you consider what goes into the initial stages of writing a fictional narrative, you might wonder how many...

3 Ways Fictional Characters are NOT Real People New!

In creating compelling characters, you need to draw inspiration from people in the real world. The aim is always to make your characters as realistic as possible so that readers can create a bond with them. But fictional characters are not real people, and knowing...

3 Essential Purposes of Dialogue in Storytelling New!

Every component of narrative fiction must be there to serve a purpose. Nothing is included just for the heck of it. The setting, the description, the exposition and even the most minor character should be necessary to further the plot. And this rule of necessity...

Understanding the 3 Third Person Narration Style New!

Despite the unique abilities of the first-person narrator, there are still limitations to what they can reveal and how they can be used to advance a story. And some stories just need a third-person perspective to efficiently deliver the desired effect. Ironically, some third-person narration...

4 Types of the First-Person Narrator New!

Achieving first-person narration in fiction writing is not easy. For a character to evoke himself and other characters and at the same time give an engaging account of a series of events is no small feat. To use a first-person narrator for your story, you...

3 Simple Reasons Why Writers Should Write by Hand New!

With technology now readily available for most people, you would reckon many writers will write directly on their computers. But as a book blogger, I occasionally come across writers who proclaim that they still write their novels by hand. Although you may think this is...

The 4 Points of View Fully Explained New!

In storytelling, you have to make a lot of choices, and the success of your story depends greatly on making the right ones. And one of the choices you must make is deciding what perspective you intend to use to tell your story. This will...

The Golden Rules of Dialogue and Dialogue Tags in Storytelling New!

Dialogue is essential in narrative fiction because it gives readers the chance to hear what your character sounds like. And it also advances the plot with vivid, memorable, focused, and coherent speeches. To write interesting dialogues, you first need to understand the guidelines which they...

How to Create a Bond between the Main Character and the Reader New!

The main character can be fascinating without really connecting with readers on a deep level. You can have a superhero with incredible abilities, a worthy supervillain, intriguing fights and battles and a beautiful finish. Yet your superhero character doesn't feel real to your readers, and...

Where Do Compelling Characters Come From? New!

Every fiction narrative has a cast. A story has to be about someone in connection with someone else, living in a world filled with people, a lot of whom have at least a cameo in the story. So, your cast can consist of so many...