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The Number One Tool to Help Writers Create 3-Dimensional Characters in Story Aug 26, 2022

We hear it all the time. “Characters need to be three-dimensional.” But this exhortation can feel vague and confusing when it comes to story execution. What we need are specific action...

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Four Crucial Insights to Help Writers Create Better Characters Jul 29, 2022

As writers, we know that the most important part of any story is character. At the end of the day, our readers won’t care about the plot or about how cleverly your story is executed if they...

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Two Simple Techniques to Undermine the Readers’ Expectations and Keep Them Emotionally Hooked Jun 30, 2022

The essence of story is that the plot unfolds because of the choices a character makes under pressure to achieve a particular goal. Without a primary objective, there is no story, because...

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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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