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Flash Tip: Info Dumps   This week Alida talks about the Dread Info Dump. Alida will be taking a few weeks away from the video writing tips to focus on getting the Story Works Guide to Writing Point of View into your hands. In the meantime, listen to the...

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Flash Tip: Hyper Reality

  This week, we talk about the problem with getting too real in your fiction, and some of the tools you have to avoid hyper reality and to keep your story moving forward!

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Likable Characters

Alida goes on a field trip this week and talks about the concept of writing likable characters. Do you need to write likable characters? Is that really the goal of character development?

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Writing Short Stories

  In this week’s Word Essential 60 Second Writing Tip, Alida discusses short stories and how to get started writing them. Story Works Round Table Short Story Series: Episode 1 Episode 2 Episode 3...

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Flash Tip: Ups & downs

  This week, I talk about the importance of ups and downs in your plot, for your protagonist and your reader! Don't take the "try-fail cycle" totally to heart, because ss in life: you win some; you lose some. I explain why your hero...

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Slowing Down Action for Effect

  The point that if you want your reader to really engage with your character in any kind of action scene, from running along a trail to the intense action of your climax, you need to slow down and do two things: show and...

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Flash Tip: Typecasting Minor Characters

  Today, I discuss the benefits of using types when you need to fill a minor character's role. Those characters who don't need much development, because they don't garner much ink on the page, beg the question, how do I make them...

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Fooling Ourselves

  I explain how writers can fool themselves into thinking they’re writing in scene, when they’re really writing summary. It's both simpler and trickier than you think. Ready to pull the wool from your eyes?   Have a comment? Want...

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