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Making Your Story Idea Commercial - Key Issues Writers Must Address to Succeed in the New Paradigm May 28, 2022

This special episode replays Zena's recent presentation as a guest on Writers Chat, where she was invited to speak on how writers can make their story ideas commercial. The answer, Zena says, is...

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Four Essential Truths to Help Writers Reveal True Character in Story Apr 23, 2022

A client called me recently because she couldn't figure out how to reveal to her audience who her character really was at heart. This is one of the most important things we must do as storytellers....

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5 Keys to Keeping Your Main Character Active and Not Passive Mar 26, 2022

One of the most important rules of story is that your main character must drive the action of the story. He cannot be passive. When you have a passive character, it means that things are happening...

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Five Clever Techniques to Make Your Audience Care Feb 27, 2022

One of the most important skills you can learn as a writer is how to draw your readers into your story and keep them invested all the way to the end. You start by creating a character that is...

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Does Your Main Character Need to be Likeable? Jan 22, 2022

Anyone who's ever studied the craft of writing will have heard the adage that a main character must be likeable. For the most part, this is true, because audiences don't tend to get emotionally...

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A Writer's Self-Worth: How Writers can Overcome Performance-Based Value - Part 2 Dec 25, 2021

When I wrote part one of this post, I had no idea that part two would land on Christmas Day. Christmas, where Christians celebrate the birth of the Savior, who came to deliver us from the just...

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A Writer's Self-Worth: How Writers can Overcome Performance-Based Value - Part 1 Nov 27, 2021

One of the things I’ve noticed about artists is that most of us experience intermittent bouts of “Existential Funk.” Call them crises if you like, but the gist of it is that we...

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The Hero's Paradox: Someone Flawed Plus Someone Great Oct 23, 2021

In my last monthly article, I argued that the world needs stories about heroes now more than ever. Why? Because heroes inspire us to be greater than ourselves, to surpass our own limitations or...

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Why the World Needs Stories about Heroes - Part 2 Sep 25, 2021

When you think about heroes, what comes to mind? Somebody from your family? Superman? Maybe an historical figure who did something great? For me, the word “Hero” makes me think of my...

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Why the World Needs Stories about Heroes - Part 1 Aug 28, 2021

This last week I got a call from a friend of mine who felt trapped in an existential funk. She said she hadn’t been able to write anything over the summer, not because she was out of ideas,...

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Using Concrete vs. Abstract Objectives for your Story Jul 24, 2021

One of the most important things for your story is to have an active (not passive) main character who has a clear, objective goal to pursue throughout the entire story. And yet, one of the most...

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Join Zena at the WRITE! CANADA Online Conference in September 2021 Jul 01, 2021

I’m excited to be presenting 4 workshops at this year’s WRITE! CANADA online conference. I teach 2 sessions on Saturday, September 11, at 8:30am and 11:00am PST, and 2 more...

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The Number One Way to Alienate Your Audience in Story Jun 26, 2021

I recently received a private message from a writer friend who said she needed my help. Keep in mind, this gal is already a competent writer. She’s put in the time. She’s learned the...

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Join Zena at a Write-to-Publish One-Day Training Event in June 2021 Jun 11, 2021

One of the most important things that you can do for yourself as a writer is to keep on learning the craft. This is why I wanted to let you know that on Friday, June 18, 2021, ...

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LISTEN to Zena's Interview with Steven James as a Guest on The Story Blender Podcast May 07, 2021

Zena Dell Lowe was honored to be a returning guest on The Story Blender podcast, a show where award-winning writer Steven James interviews some of the world’s top storytellers on the secrets...

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The Well Creativity Conference - WATCH Zena's Keynote Presentation Day 2! Apr 24, 2021

On Day 2 of The Well, Zena Dell Lowe delivered her second keynote presentation. This time she focused on the power of visual images -- particularly the power of storytellers who use visual images...

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Writers: Avoid This Way of Confusing Your Audience in Story Apr 24, 2021

One of the things we don’t talk about enough in writing is how easy it is to accidentally confuse the reader. Have you ever been trucking along, totally engrossed in a story, and then all of...

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The Well Creativity Conference - WATCH Zena's Keynote Presentation Day 1! Apr 23, 2021

Zena was honored to be a keynote speaker at The Well Creativity Conference on April 23-24, 2021. Watch her Day 1 keynote presentation entitled, "Christianity Does Not Trump Humanity," which...

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Creating Heroes: Ten Ways to Reveal the Heroic Qualities of your Character in Story - Part 2 Mar 27, 2021

In part 1 of this blog post, we discussed the first five things that you can do as a writer to help reveal the character qualities that a true hero must possess. Today, we’ll discuss the...

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Join Zena at The Well Conference for Creatives in April 2021 Mar 01, 2021

YOU are invited to join me at The Well Conference for Creatives in Grand Rapids, MI, Friday & Saturday, April 23-24. I’ll be one of the keynote speakers for the conference, and will also...

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Creating Heroes: Ten Ways to Reveal the Heroic Qualities of Your Character - Part 1 Feb 27, 2021

One of the things that's really important for you to learn as a writer is how to create heroic characters. With only a few exceptions, your main character becomes the hero of your story. Therefore,...

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Zena's New Monthly Column for The Write Conversation Blog Feb 27, 2021

I have an exciting announcement! As of February 27th, I became a new monthly columnist for TheWrite Conversation blog.I’m not kidding when I say this is a huge honor. This blog has been...

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