The Yin and Yang Relationship Between Psychology and
Storytelling
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The Yin and Yang Relationship Between Psychology and Storytelling

by Stefan Emunds This new multi-part series at Writers In the Storm by Stefan Emunds examines the intersection of psychology and storytelling. Stefan, the author of the international bestseller, The Eight Crafts of Writing, is demystifying the how-to of applying psychology to storytelling to enhance your skills and the readers’ experience. Why Do Writers Need Read more

Create Stronger Characters by Giving Them Roles
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Create Stronger Characters by Giving Them Roles

By Janice Hardy, @Janice_Hardy There’s one trick I use that makes writing—and developing—my characters a whole lot easier. I’ve always been a bit of a pantser when it comes to characters. I figure out only the basics of who they are and where they came from before I start a draft, and I learn who Read more

Why First Person POV Is NOT Deep POV
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Why First Person POV Is NOT Deep POV

by Lisa Hall-Wilson First Person POV is not automatically deep POV. First person leans heavily on a narrator construct. Once you understand what the narrator voice is, how it’s used, and how to recognize it, you’ll see where first person POV differs from Deep POV. Learn the rules and then break. Deep POV is not Read more

Research Your Novel on a Rambling Road Trip
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Research Your Novel on a Rambling Road Trip

By Kris Maze Summertime is fun time, but it can also provide useful insights to your writing. I’m planning my next minor road trip close to home (*ahem, looking at you, gas pump) and making the most of these opportunities away from my writing desk. In past posts I’ve included tips about making your writing Read more

Satisfying Ways to End a Story
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Satisfying Ways to End a Story

by Ellen Buikema You’re reading a whirlwind story full of great story arcs and intriguing characters. The plot is speeding towards its climax, and you’re consuming the pages into the wee hours of the morning. Then bam! The book comes to a halt due to a natural disaster, last minute marriage to the wrong character, Read more

Create a Compelling Plot with What-But-Therefore
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Create a Compelling Plot with What-But-Therefore

Lynette M. Burrows You can have interesting characters in a striking setting and have a boring book. Plot structure can create tension that keeps the reader engaged and eager to finish your book. But learning how to plot is confusing. Many writers have their own theory on how to create an interesting plot. Some argue Read more

How to Avoid Writer’s Guilt this Summer
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How to Avoid Writer’s Guilt this Summer

by Angela Ackerman Summer can be a tough time for writers. Sunshine lures us away from our computers, meaning we’re spending family time at the park, enjoying drinks on the patio, dashing off on camping trips or vacations…you know, instead of adding to our wordcount. And guess what? That’s okay! We should do these things. Read more

Are Writers Born, or Are Writers Made?
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Are Writers Born, or Are Writers Made?

by Jenny Hansen My husband and I had an interesting discussion about the nature vs nurture theory of writing. Our question: were accomplished writers born intact like Beethoven, with words rather than music, or were writers nurtured along by adversity and pain? Nurture won by a mile. We came to the conclusion that the majority Read more