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Five Killer Tips to Creating a Compelling Opening in Storytelling New!

A good story starts strong. You don't want to start yours on a weak note. From the opening, you need to get your readers hooked; that is one of its main jobs, and if not executed properly, your readers may not likely go on reading....

The Reader is King: How to Write Stories that Meet Readers' Expectations New!

When it comes to readers' expectations, there seem to be three kinds of writers: those who write the story they would love to read and hope the reader feels the same way; those who write according to the reader's expectation; and those who do a bit of...

How to Create a Compelling Villain That Gives the Hero a Run for His Money New!

Most times, writers spend much of their time and effort crafting a compelling main character and do a lazy job of presenting him with an equally fascinating antagonist. The aim of an adversary is never to steal the shine from your hero. Yet, a villain...

What the LOCK Elements is All About New!

Simply put, a great story has a great plot, and a great plot is the bedrock of every successful story. But what makes a good plot that works? You might ask, and here comes the LOCK system with a practical answer. The LOCK system is...

Understanding the Three Act Structure of Storytelling New!

The rules for different kinds of writing seem to favor dividing a write-up into three parts. In humor writing, there is the setup, the delay, and the punchline; in academic and business writing, there is the opening, the middle, and the closing. And narrative fiction...

Step-by-Step Guide to Implementing the 7 Point Story Structure. New!

You must have heard about the seven-point structure and how it enhances your storytelling process. Well, all you heard is the truth. This story structure divides your story into points that hold the crucial elements of any story. These points are: 1. The hook introduces the fascinating...

What You Need to Know about the Seven-Point Story Structure New!

There are many ways to write a story. You can choose the traditional three-act structure or Joseph Campbell's concept of the Hero's Story. Or you can follow a formula that has proven to be more effective for whatever kind of story you are planning on...

7 Rules of Descriptive Writing for Effective Storytelling New!

Characters come alive and places feel realistic when a writer describes them perfectly. With excellent descriptions, you pull your readers closer to your characters, their surrounding universe, and the actions that are unfolding. This skill is essential to efficient storytelling, and you need to hone...

Crazy Techniques and Tips for Crafting Mind-blowing Plot Twist New!

A plot twist is a deviation from the suggested direction of a story, and when executed effectively, creates an element of surprise that intrigues the reader. Readers may not remember all the plot points of your story, but they will never forget a perfectly executed...

5 Sure Ways to Come up with Amazing Story Ideas  New!

Are you considering writing a story, but you seem to be running low on story ideas, or maybe you don't have any at all? This issue is a common setback among writers; while some get ideas almost every other second of the day, the rest...