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Beyond the story

Amanda Patterson The Romantic Sub-Plot The most common sub-plot is the love interest. As I said, a love interest does not have to be a romantic interest. It could be a friend, a pet, or a family member that your protagonist loves. Writers use love interests to support protagonists and to thwart them by threatening …

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Despite long-standing aspirations of writing a book, initial successes with short stories and essays, and a healthy career in publishing, Andrea Jarrell published her first book at age 55. But of course, she got through it. Here, she shares her experiences and offers principles for achieving your writing goals. Andrea Jarrell Given that I published …

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Should you write a memoir, or write a novel “based on a true story”? Here, Joan Jackson offers four advantages to fictionlizing the truth. by Joan Jackson My brother had his first psychotic break at the age of twenty. In and out of institutions most of his adult life, the only place he felt at …

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Adapting a true story requires research, honesty, and sometimes, a little bending of the truth. Jeanne Veillette Bowerman shares tips on writing a screenplay based on a true story and the importance of finding the balance between fact and fiction. Jeanne Veillette Bowerman In theory, adapting a true story should be simple. The writer documents …

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Learn how to write successful queries for any genre of writing by breaking down the query letter and supplying links to example queries that worked. Robert Lee Brewer via Writer’s Digest Learn how to write successful queries for any genre of writing by breaking down the query letter and supplying links to example queries that …

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by Amanda Patterson If you want to write legal thrillers, don’t miss this post: John Grisham’s 8 Do’s and Don’ts For Popular Fiction. John Grisham is an American author who is best known for his legal thrillers. He was born 8 February 1955. Before writing full time, John Grisham practised criminal law and served in the …

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Robert Lee Brewer A narrative arc (or story arc) is the general shape (or structure) of a story as a whole. While you might dig into the details when sketching an outline for your story, the narrative arc looks at everything from a distance. For instance, the narrative arc of George Orwell’s Animal Farm on …

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You’ve probably heard steps one and two before, but the others might surprise you. Scott Young Writing matters. It matters for your career. Even if you’re not a journalist or J.K. Rowling, being able to communicate clearly will determine how people see you. Writing matters for your life. Futuristic visions from the early days of …

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There are two types of knowledge and most of us focus on the wrong one. Farnam Street Shane Parrish There are four simple steps to the Feynman Technique, which I’ll explain below: Choose a Concept Teach it to a Toddler Identify Gaps and Go Back to The Source Material Review and Simplify (optional) If you’re not …

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Don’t feed the trolls. Quartz Olivia Goldhill Wildly inaccurate facts and spurious arguments are unavoidable features of social media. Yet no matter how infuriatingly wrong someone is, or just how much counter-evidence you have at your disposal, starting arguments on the internet rarely gets anyone to change their mind. Nearly a century-and-a-half ago, British philosopher …

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