Category Archives: Writing Tips

Writing Tips: a man with a gun

Raymond Chandler once formulated his famous Chandler’s Law: “if you don’t know what happens next in your story, bring in a man with a gun,” or something to that effect. At first, I disregarded this banal trope. I thought I could … Continue reading

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Grow or else

One of the vital aspects of any story is its protagonist. For a story to work, it is mandatory that the protagonist undergoes a change. Occasionally, it’s a major growth or even a complete overhaul, but more often, it’s a … Continue reading

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Motivation – why they do it

Coming up with serious goals for your heroes is not enough to make a story shine. You have to know the characters’ motivation – the stakes. Why do they need to reach their goals? What is at stake for them? … Continue reading

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Conflict: external vs. internal

Every writer knows that conflict is necessary for a story. Without conflict, there is no story. To make a writer’s job more interesting, conflict can take many forms, and the more forms of conflict you have in one story, the … Continue reading

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More than one goal makes life interesting

In the last Writing Tips post, I talked about character goals in fiction. Of course, a novel is rarely sustained by one goal. More often, it’s either a succession of goals for one hero or a goal for every leading … Continue reading

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Character goals – positive is keyword

In any story, the lead character must have a goal: to find a sword, to defeat a dragon, to get married. Without that goal (or five) a story becomes just a series of events described in scenes. Of course, there … Continue reading

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