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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What’s the Big Deal if I Shift POV?

Alright, this is a bit of a tough technique to write about because it’s been addressed extensively in writing-tip-giving circles. In the last few weeks, I've seen the question of POV shifts and head-hopping come up at least a...

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This Story Needs Something… But What?

In working with hobby writers, I find myself frequently asking for more. “More?” I've been asked. “More what?” Well, that’s always been different depending on the person and their work. Rarely, however, has it been as simple as more dialogue,...

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A Guide for Navigating Genre

“What do you write?” and “What do you read?” are the most asked questions between writers and readers. Our responses are typically a collection of common genre types. “I like biographies”, “I read a little of this, a little...

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Breaking the Script

People go through much of their lives on autopilot, and the programming for everyday life is in social scripts. These ever-present outlines for action are present in story too, though they make up the unwritten world between the lines...

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World-building Basics

World Building Basics | Chase Webb Writing a novel is probably one of the most self-empowering things a human being can do. During the development stages you channel into your inner god and literally create a world. This is especially...

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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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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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Write Better Characters Using the Love Languages

Forms of love are one thing, but how do they look in action? Without action on the part of the characters, there is no story. Many people seek self-help books for improvement in their personal lives, but the same...

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Psychology’s Love Types

While the four classical love words are effective in general cases, the field of psychology has expanded the list in some interesting ways. Studies conducted of human relationships have been boiled down to a few more specific love words....

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