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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 for Writers to Make the 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...

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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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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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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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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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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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