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How to use setting in your story

Setting is an important part of any story. You want the reader grounded and relating to where the story takes place. Don’t leave her stranded. For instance, I critiqued the opening chapter of a novel today and all I know is that it was set in the desert. Which desert? What time of year (yes,…

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Pixar’s 22 Rules of Storytelling

Pixar’s 22 Rules of Storytelling Pixar Studios has developed wonderful stories in the past twenty-five years. These include the Toy Story series; UP; Wall-e (my favorite), Finding Nemo; Monsters, Inc. We can identify with many of the characters and situations. There isn’t much difference between writing for the screen and writing for print. The objective…

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How to write a book faster, 5 quick steps

How to write a book faster, 5 quick steps If you want to know how to write a book faster, you’re in good company. All writers want to write faster. All of them. Even the ones who seem to release a book every other month <cough> Nora Roberts <cough>. What are some tricks to increase…

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