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5 Techniques for Crafting Compelling Scenes

Despite how brilliant a story premise is, it would mean nothing without an appropriate scene to prop it up. You may have extraordinary characters hovering on every page. But they need to be doing something interesting for your readers to care about them. It is...

11 Ways to Save your Story from Plot Problems

It is common to finish the first draft and realize during the editing process that something about the plot isn't just right. Sometimes, writers have had to rewrite their stories to fix this problem. There is no easy route to repairing a defective plot, but...

Four Effective Ways to Create a Compelling Relationship Between Characters

It goes without saying that characters are the bedrock of every narrative fiction. What drives your plot forward and encourages readers to hop on this ride is how fascinating your characters are. And a perfect way to create intriguing characters is by exploring their relationships...

Six Steps on How to Effectively Self-edit your Story

Despite how talented and experienced you are as a writer, you can't publish your story on the first draft. Editing is a necessary process every fictional narrative needs to go through to make it look like the author had it all figured out and accurate...

Six Objectives of an Exceptional Self-editing Process

Completing your first draft is definitely a huge achievement, but that is where a more tedious task begins — the editing process. This process takes your story to another level that amazes readers and critics. You need to focus a significant amount of time editing...

Ways Notable Writers Approach the Research Process

Research is essential to storytelling in varying degrees. Some stories require exhaustive research on the character's profession, the setting of the story or the time in history when the story occurs. It all depends on what information is crucial to effectively tell a compelling story;...

Suspense: A Clever Author's Huge Gift to Eager Readers

A critical aspect of any novel is suspense. Suspense creates questions in readers' minds and triggers the problem-solving part of the brain to anticipate possible answers. Your reader will continue reading to find the answers and see if any possibilities they've imagined were correct. The...

5 Evocative Ways to Introduce a Character

A strong opening in storytelling requires you to present a character. Every character is created out of specific details and both writers and readers should be able to identify those details the first time they meet a character. And in introducing a character, you need...

Applying The 5 Ws of Journalism to Storytelling

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

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...