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Writing Craft Wednesday: The Story Equation

Have you struggled with flat characters? Difficult to plot stories? A lack of knowledge on how to correct these issues?   Oh my! I must admit I fall very solidly in this category. After the ACFW Conference, I realized just how much of a beginner I am. It feels like I have scrapped my story… Continue reading Writing Craft Wednesday: The Story Equation

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Writing Craft Wednesday: Michael Hauge’s 6 Stage Story Structure

In my search for the perfect story structure and plotting, I have read many books and continue to do so. However, so far, Michael Hauge’s 6 Stage Story Structure has been my favorite. I love his linear, clear-cut structure.   Mr. Hauge’s structure is centered around script writing and is very formulaic. Although the percentages are… Continue reading Writing Craft Wednesday: Michael Hauge’s 6 Stage Story Structure

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Writing Craft Wednesday: Said is a Zombie – The Art of Dialogue

Do you remember those days in school where your teacher made you come up with all these ridiculous synonyms for said? As a fifth grade teacher, I taught my students that said was a boring word. We even had a funeral for said. “Said is dead!” he cried. “He is no more,”  she whispered.  … Continue reading Writing Craft Wednesday: Said is a Zombie – The Art of Dialogue

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Character Motivation – Answering Why

Last week we took an In-depth Look at Character Goals. This week we will examine the why of external and internal goals. At the end of the post you will find application questions to guide you on your way.   What is Motivation?   Goal and motivation co-exist. You cannot have one without the other.… Continue reading Character Motivation – Answering Why

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An In-depth Look at Character Goals

In a continuation of our look at GMC (Goal, Motivation, & Conflict), today I am focusing on an in-depth look at character goals. At the end, I will leave you with some guiding questions to help you develop your own character goals.   Last week we defined a goal as answering two questions.  What does… Continue reading An In-depth Look at Character Goals