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13 Prime Principles of Plot

Plausible plotting starts with cause and effect. Make sure each step in your plot has a causative event, and one of more effects. Character actions should be caused by some motivation, and should have some effect on the plot.Your protagonist should save the day (or destroy it).  Protagonist is the “first actor”, the character most […]

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Help, I Need The Secret Tricks of Pacing (FREE)

I think of pacing as making sure that important events happen frequently enough that the reader doesn’t get a chance to quit reading. That doesn’t mean every scene has a turning point, but every scene has to have some event that affects the overall plot, or that scene is basically “skippable”. And every scene can help set up for a later turning point.

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More Than Clever Lines: The Scene’s First Paragraphs (FREE)

There’s a trend recently that calls for opening each scene “in media res”— with some kind of clever line (the “hook”), or sudden action or a line of dialogue.

This can be effective in drawing the reader in, but keeping her in requires more than clever lines. It requires a paragraph or two that anchors the scene in some specific place, time, and situation.

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8 Dazzling Dialogue Tips (FREE)

Here are a few quick tips for creating dazzling dialogue.

#1 Keep it short

Three to four lines between ” “, then insert an action, change speakers, switch to a quick thought. This creates more white space, suggests more movement, forces you to be cogent and quick.

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