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How to Use Chapter Cliffhangers in Your Fiction

What's the secret to writing stories that keep readers turning pages into the wee hours of the morning? In a word: chapter cliffhangers.

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What Do You Want Me to Write About?

Do you have a writing topic or question you'd like me to address in future articles? Now's your chance to tell me! Stop by the blog and leave a comment.

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Conflict + Choices = Character Agency

Here are four specific tips for adding, enhancing, and troubleshooting powerful character agency in your fiction.

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Do You Need Personal Experience to Write About Something?

Do you need personal experience to write about something? Turns out there are four ways to "know" something, and experience is just one.

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7 Tips for How to Add Complexity to Your Story

Here are seven tips for how to add complexity to your story without crossing the line into unwanted complications.

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Is Your Story Too Complicated? Here Are 9 Signs

You want your story to be complex, not complicated. Is your story too complicated? Here are nine important things to think about.

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How to Write Emotional Scenes (Without Making Them Cringey)

One of the most important keys to creating good fiction is understanding how to write emotional scenes in a way that feels genuine.

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How Perfect Does Your Story's Structural Timing Have to Be?

A closer look at the mechanics of structural timing. What is it? Why is it important? And how precise does it have to be?

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13 Rules to Be a Better Beta Reader

Not all beta readers are created equal. Just as you can learn to be a better writer, you can also learn to be a better beta reader.

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How to Structure Stories With Multiple Main Characters?

How you structure a story with multiple main characters will depend on which type of plot you're working with.