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A Key Ingredient for Unforgettable Stories

A Key Ingredient for Unforgettable Stories

I read a high-profile young adult novel this year. I won’t say who the author is or whether it came out this year. I will say this: It entertained me. The world building was well thought out, the plot, which was a mystery, kept me turning the pages, and the characters...

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How Clone Characters Can Improve your Story

How Clone Characters Can Improve your Story

When I first began writing fiction, I used to think of my characters like real people. And my stories, just like real life, were populated by random, realistic people. But this was a big mistake because— Stories are nothing like reality. Save Save   Real life is...

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The Lifeguard and Building a Story Through Theme

The Lifeguard and Building a Story Through Theme

  The Lifeguard is a great film to study for how to build a story around a theme. Here’s the logline for the movie from IMDB: “A former valedictorian quits her reporter job in New York and returns to the place she last felt happy: her childhood home in...

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