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Writers Tip #62: It’s Not What Happens. It’s Your Character’s Reaction That Matters

There is one basic plot. Hero starts out with a tolerable/happy/exciting life. Something happens that throws her/him into crisis. S/he tries to solve it (over and over) and fails each time. When s/he is about to fail for the final time, Eureka! Against all odds, Hero pulls it out and is changed forever from the experience. Continue reading

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Need to Liven up Your Plot? Try This

Readers love novels for their plots and characters, but it takes more than that to get readers to love the book, recommend it to friends. Most times, it’s the way the author characterizes settings, minor characters, feelings–that sort. It’s what happens as I’m reading the narrative parts and those pieces between the action and adventure. … Continue reading