Plot Pacing and Acceleration

The pace of a story accelerates toward the climactic scene where good triumphs over evil, the misguided man reaches his downfall, or the light of understanding breaks over the world like a wave. Writers craft the acceleration affect in...

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Pacing a Narrative

Many authors aspire to have their book be called a “page turner”, or have someone say they “couldn't put it down”. Pacing the plot creates this effect more so than content. Mastering this storytelling skill isn't easy and often...

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Tracking Multiple Characters

Characters interact. This shows the reader the story, pushes forward the plot, and crafts the conflict. Some genres, like romance fiction, center on the interaction of two or more character arcs. Other types are supported by the interaction of...

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Character Arcs and Plotting

Authors and critical readers often refer to character-driven stories as better than a plot-driven story. Each has their value, but novels, movies, and stories in general grow strong when both character arcs and plot elements work in unison. An...

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Writing Character Arcs

Characters grow as a result of what they experience. Relationships form and new ways of thinking replace old preconceptions. Themes arise that give new light to the story, allowing it to teach and demonstrate diverse perspectives to the reader....

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Write Better Romance

Writing a romance can be limited by an overwhelming focus on the fit of the two main characters. Their thoughts focus on each other, themselves, the obstacles in the way of their love. The author’s thoughts, however, have to...

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Outside the Relationship

Romance fiction has the honor of being one of the most character-driven genres out there. The finest examples of romance fiction, like Pride & Prejudice, Wuthering Heights, and Little Women (yes, this is romance fiction), have achieved depths beyond...

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Romantic Fiction – Crafting a Classic

Fans of romantic fiction will remember the titles Pride & Prejudice, Jane Eyre, and others. Many people may dismiss the genre as a whole for what might be called its frivolous nature, or unrealistic situations or reflections on life....

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Relationship Arcs

In life, there isn't ever a happily ever after; not because there isn't happiness, but because the story never ends. When it comes to relationships, the journey is everything. This is why, 90% of the time, the story comes...

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