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The Difference Between Story and Plot

Chris Eder notes that story and plot are often used interchangeably, but they are not the same thing. Literary scholar Humphry House distinguishes the two in this way, according to Chris: “For House, story is all of the events the … Continue reading

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A Story Is Driven By Characters, Not Plot

A story is driven by characters, not plot. I agree. Many writers and literary experts agree. I’m not so sure it’s always reflected in book popularity, sales, and reviews, though. What do you think? Let me know in the comments. … Continue reading

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Writing Past a Problem

Originally posted on A Writer's Path:
? by Lev Raphael Working on my most recently published book, I ran into a significant problem.  To move the novel forward, I needed my protagonist to have a confrontation with a minor…

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C is for Crisis versus Conflict | #AtoZChallenge

Crisis is an event, a point in time. Conflict is ongoing friction that drives the plot. The crisis happens when the conflict reaches a turning point just before or at the same time as the climax. The opposing forces in … Continue reading

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Annoying Things My Book Does to Me

Snippets of an Author’s Life: Post 8 I try to sleep, and a scene comes into my head, which is not that unusual for a writer, except this scene comes ready-made in words, and that is unusual for me if … Continue reading

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Aerial View of a Draft

Snippets of an Author’s Life: Post 5 If you’re the kind of author who initially overwrites, fear not. Drafts are discovery. The process even has its own genre, either adventure or mystery. Once you have ideas out of your head … Continue reading

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Dystopian Fiction: A View on This Popular Genre

It is written that utopia is boring to readers, that we are not wired to read about no conflict (how about goals?), and that a perfect world is so unachievable there is no point in writing about it. True, but … Continue reading

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