Showing Your POV Character

  In this week's 60 Second Writing Tip, I discuss showing your POV character to your reader and how to smoothly switch between the character's POV lens and the narrative lens. Monica, this one is for you! Coming soon: The Story Works...

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Emotional Tension   Alida has a special announcement… Coming in December: the Story Works Fiction school! Online courses to help you become a better writer.   Word Essential Writing Tips return with a discussion of emotional tension, including an...

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Thanks for the great response! My slots are currently full and I have a waiting list. But you can still get the special offer I made on Rocking Self Publishing and the Author Biz podcasts. You've watched my videos. You've listened to my podcast. But have you been...

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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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