The One Question

  This week, I tell you the one question you should ask of every scene you...

SWRT 029 | Emotional Wounds & Character Arcs

What is a character arc? What are the three kinds of character arcs and four main components of a character arc? How can you use Maslow’s hierarchy of needs to help with pre-writing? And how present does your characters wound need to be? Should you state it outright? Or should you weave it into the narrative? How many of your characters need wounds? And how can it affect your antagonist? Finally we discuss the details of finding your wound, and what it might do to your character.

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 Fiction Online...

SWRT 028 | Emotional Wounds

We sit down with Becca Puglisi to talk all things Emotional Wounds, and other writing resources. We talk about the resources she has for writers, and how they can be used in a wide range of applications. How can we use them to help show rather than tell, and make your writing richer and more immersive? We talk about writing challenging personal things, how to use character growth to challenge readers and why context is so important. And what is the difference between a villain and protagonist?

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 example to help you with the...

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