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The Power of Story Compels You

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A story with high stakes and deadly dangers can still bore you to tears. Equally, a character folding laundry while contemplating life’s absurdities can be deeply moving and affecting. 

 

While there’s probably more to work with if your story is about an exploding volcano than creased shirts and an ironing board, the fact that neither subject-matter guarantees how the story will be received demonstrates that whatever it is that draws readers into a tale, it isn’t just a matter of sticking a character in a perilous situation and seeing how they cope. 

 

So what is it that grabs a reader and keeps them engaged through many hundreds of pages?


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Should Secondary Characters Change?

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There are some good reasons to keep secondary characters (both friend and foe) fixed in how you represent them in a story. 

 

A lot of these kinds of characters  aren’t going to be in the story all that much and they have specific roles to play. Whether it’s to move the plot along or reveal aspects of the main character, playing a supporting role doesn’t always benefit from too much fiddling. 

 

You also don’t want to confuse the reader with a constantly changing cast that makes it hard to remember who’s who. Nor do you want to steal focus from the main players by going off on a tangent. But then, you also don’t want to create a roster of one-dimensional automatons who walk on to the page to deliver the same old shtick every time, like a bad sitcom. 

 

So how do you balance the two? And do you need to?


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Characterization Or Plot: Which Is Most Important To Readers?

Characterization Or Plot: Which Is Most Important To Readers? | Litteris | Scoop.it
The other day I watched a video of Lee Child talking about writing. It was a question and answer period and someone asked how he got in touch with his character, Jack Reacher. They asked how he knew Reacher's likes, wants, needs, fears, and so on.
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Karen Woodward: Short Story Structures: Several Ways Of Structuring Short Fiction

Karen Woodward: Short Story Structures: Several Ways Of Structuring Short Fiction | Litteris | Scoop.it
Writing a novel is difficult, but it's nothing compared to writing a short story. In this article I explore several ways of structuring short fiction.
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ReadWriteThink: Student Materials: Plot Diagram

The Plot Diagram is an organizational tool focusing on a pyramid or triangular shape, which is used to map the events in a story.

 

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Good way to help students think through plot.


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Gibicultura - Elementos de Estória

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Achei a imagem uma analogia interessante, como a de um passeio na montanha russa, mas que é um exemplo visual que se encaixa perfeitamente nos parâmetros de explicações dadas a respeito de estrutur...
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The Narrative Prompt Story Glove

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Intersting and useful graphic; supplement with this 4-step tool:

Someone...

Wanted...

But...

So...


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Story First, Writing Second – Especially Come November

Story First, Writing Second – Especially Come November | Litteris | Scoop.it

Here’s what most writers do, and why they fail: They come up with an interesting character and an interesting situation, and then they start writing to see where it’ll go. They figure that both the story and the character will come clear to them as they write. What they end up with is a narrative that’s basically just a bunch of things that happen.


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Getting to the Core Idea in Your Novel

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As we continue on with exploring cinematic secrets that can supercharge your novel, we’re going to focus on something that is crucial to filmmakers, and that is getting a clear vision for the story. Novelists, just like filmmakers, need to truly understand the story they are trying to tell and what impact or take-home feeling or message they want to leave with their readers. Just coming up with a neat idea for a novel is only the first step, and is no guarantee they will have a terrific book.

 


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A Nice, Ripe Story Idea

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Sometimes a story idea comes fully formed, or at least with enough detail of where it needs to go that you can’t wait to get writing. 

 

Other times a character or a setting makes a strong enough impression on your imagination that you feel like you have the starting point of a story, but beyond that you have no clear indication of where to take it.


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Taking Advantage of the Strength of Your Novel

There are dozens of techniques that you can use to bring a scene to life. One of the best is quite simple: to make sure that you expose the inner thoughts of your protagonist. A movie can bring a story to life by showing us the outer world of the characters. That’s its strength. But a novel can be far more powerful simply because it goes where a movie can’t. It fuses the exterior world and the interior world seamlessly.


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A Fine Line Between Love and Death - How to Write Love Scenes

A Fine Line Between Love and Death - How to Write Love Scenes | Litteris | Scoop.it

As fantasy writers, we accept that certain elements are expected in our novels.  For example, the fight scene. Whether it’s an epic battle or a street duel, there’s going to be a fight somewhere. But what about love?


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Afinal, o Final

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Naturalmente, um título bem pensado não é garantia de um texto de qualidade. Da mesma forma, um título horrível poderá iniciar uma história excelente. Há diversos exemplos nesse sentido.
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Parts Of Story: How To Create Suspense

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What is suspense and how is it created? Lee Goldberg once said that, "Suspense is an escalating sense of apprehension or fear, a building of pressure, heading either towards an uncertain conclusion or a horrifyingly certain one." Either way, the...
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Why Quieter Stakes Are Easier to Plot With

Why Quieter Stakes Are Easier to Plot With | Litteris | Scoop.it

Stakes are part of the holy trinity of writing (goals-conflicts-stakes), and because if that, a lot of the advice given is on raising them as high as possible. Don't get me wrong, this is good advice, but it dawned on me recently that quieter stakes might actually be easier to write.


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Karen Woodward: Parts of Story: Tools of the Writer's Craft

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| Telling Your Story

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5 Ways To Improve A Perfect Story

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You’ve written a story you’re proud of.

 

You’ve edited it until there’s nothing left to do. It’s perfect!

 

Isn’t it?

 

Of course.

 

But how can you enhance it?


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What Are Plot Points?

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Plot points are essential in storytelling. Find out what plot points are and how to use them effectively in your stories.
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Discovering Your Story: 5 Ways to Find the Missing Pieces

Discovering Your Story: 5 Ways to Find the Missing Pieces | Litteris | Scoop.it
Ali Luke shares five valuable methods for finding the missing pieces in the story you're writing.
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How to Plot With the Three-Act Structure

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These big-picture structure formats can be incredibly helpful in plotting a novel, because they give you hard plot goals to aim for. Even if you're a pantser, structure formats can help during revisions when you have a first draft done and want to make sure all your plot points are working right.


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How to grab, delight or shock your readers right from the start

How to grab, delight or shock your readers right from the start | Litteris | Scoop.it

The first pages of your story create an instant impression of its quality and value. Agents, acquisition editors, reviewers and potential buyers standing in a store or scanning the First Pages feature on Amazon – are all going to keep reading or skip to the next candidate, depending on how they respond to your opening.

 

As a developmental editor, I often work with authors to reconstruct, revise, and create completely new openings. It’s a challenge editors face often, and it’s one of the most essential. Here are some of the main issues and how to solve them.

 


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For Writers #6: Avoid Endings Where Your Main Protagonist Doesn't Answer The Question At The Core Of Their Conflict

For Writers #6:  Avoid Endings Where Your Main Protagonist Doesn't Answer The Question At The Core Of Their Conflict | Litteris | Scoop.it
For Writers #6:  Avoid Endings Where Your Main Protagonist Doesn't Answer The Question At The Core Of Their Conflict   ~ by Mark I've watched a couple recent films where the film ends before the ma...

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Turning Points

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A turning point, we are reminded, is that moment in the story, when something big happens to spin it around in a new and unexpected direction. I’ve mentioned that this takes the form of new information granted to the protagonist and audience.

 

I’ve also intimated that an action-orientated turn ought to be supported by a strong inner motivation and goal.


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