Sure Growth and the Psychology of Practice

How to Become a Great Writer (no, seriously, this is how) This post is directly inspired by a recent Freakonomics podcast titled How to Become Great at Just About Anything. Tantalizing premise, isn’t it? Most of us have heard of...

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Plot Twists: Expanding Your World

Story structures require control of perception and the element of surprise. Plotting is all about retaining and releasing information to create dramatic and purposeful connections between the elements of the story. Plot twists (here simply defined as revelatory moments that...

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Direct Readers’ Focus: The Golden Ratio

Minute details are a double-edged sword to the flow of a story. Outright descriptors – adjectives and adverbs, even forceful verbs – have the power to choke out ideas and action. Artful concepts, however, can accomplish incredible feats of...

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Writing Wide Description: The Art of Zooming In

The golden ratio (see our introductory post: Writing with the Golden Ratio) is a geometric ratio that creates a positive reaction from people, especially in art and music. While this mathematic guide can be created artificially in a computer program,...

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Writing with the Golden Ratio

For those unfamiliar with geometry as it relates to aesthetics and nature, the golden ratio is a unique ratio common in nature that has been used to create more appealing art. The application of this ratio is most often shared...

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Musical Forms in Narrative Writing

Jump-start your writing with a study of creative forms in music. While music is a whole separate art medium, many forms can inspire written imitation and useful lessons for innovative works. Structure The form of a story should suit the content;...

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Writing with Humanity’s 5 Primal Fears

Theories and studies in human studies provide excellent writing tools. Earlier this year, we shared material on love types as well as sociological pressures. Now, we turn attention to the basic elements of human fear as tools to generate...

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Dear Readers and Lovers of Books, Suspend Your Disbelief

Dear Readers and Lovers of Books:   A good book effects us in a special way, doesn't it? After the first pages, you find yourself wrapped up tightly in it and gloriously happy to lose all sense of time, place, and...

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Main Character Level: Expert!

Who would want to listen to a know-it-all? Even a good-tempered know-it-all gets frustrating after enduring an hour of catch-up information just to understand the joke they just made. However, experts in any field are often colorful, fascinating characters....

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You’re Writing A Memoir?

Much of the blog content here at Art of Stories has been intended for fiction writers. This is a tragedy. It’s also the result of simple ignorance in the field of creative nonfiction. Honestly, there’s a stunning lack of communication...

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