Crescendo!

https://youtu.be/-YHeWAgskN8   I explain the importance of the crescendo in your story’s structure. Whether writing an action scene or an emotion-driven one, you need to make sure the movement rises…and rises!

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Setting: a Writing Exercise

https://youtu.be/FatoKap5PiA Alida is on location in Boulder, Colorado with a writing exercise to help you work on setting and develop your narrative voice. Please share your experience of the exercise, or even some of your freewriting, in the comments below.  ...

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Should You Give that Dirty No Good Character a POV?

https://youtu.be/NhIxZ4m20gY   This week, in honor of launching my new course, Scary Monsters & Super Creeps, I discuss whether or not you should give your monster or monstrous human character a POV. I discuss a pertinent example from the classic Frankenstein. Don't...

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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

https://youtu.be/NGkNVHBHCaY   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 example to...

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Get a coaching session for $0!

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

https://youtu.be/DATGBrES_c4   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 Story...

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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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