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Dazzling Dialogue—Part III

One thing that readers can’t abide is slow-moving, wordy, dull dialogue that doesn’t seem to go anywhere or do anything. We’re looking at creating sparkling, dazzling dialogue that keeps readers interested. When writing dialogue, don’t use the character’s name in every line. Don’t overuse. We’re tempted to do that to keep straight who is speaking. […]

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Dazzling Dialogue––Part II

Dialogue is a compression and extension of action. There are certain elements that are essentials to creating dazzling dialogue. Every character has a “want” in the scene. They’re saying something because they want something, or there is something they want to avoid. Click to Tweet #dazzlingdialogue #amwriting

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Dazzling Dialogue––Part I

Dialogue is important in every story, because the reader wants to know what the character says, and how they’ll say it. I’ve not spent too much time on dialogue before, so I want to focus in on it, now. I’ve been told I’m pretty good at it, but I know I have room for improvement. […]

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Writing Your Story from the Middle––Part X

We’re wrapping up this series on writing your story from the middle, with a look at the antagonist, as a character, and antagonistic thoughts within the protagonist themselves. The antagonist should also have a mirror moment to explain why they can’t transform––or change in a negative way. Click to Tweet #amwriting #writefromthemiddle #charactertransformation

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Writing Your Story from the Middle––Part VIII

How do readers know if the story they’re on with the Lead character actually shows the transformation of that Lead? Based on the “mirror moment” the character changes how they think, which effects their decisions, and alters their course. Click to Tweet #amwriting #writefromthemiddle

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Writing Your Story from the Middle––Part VII

A “mirror moment” is the middle of your story. Usually, when we think of this, it’s for the Lead character, and it helps to change them from where they started, to where they end up. An antagonist also has a “mirror moment.” When he or she makes a decision to change for the worse, instead […]

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Writing Your Story from the Middle––Part VI

Do you reflect on how you’ve gotten to where you are? I do. Our characters should. That’s the “mirror moment.” When they “literally” take a look at themselves and try to figure out what happened. How did they get here? Decisions they made have now brought them to a low point in their story. They’re […]

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Writing Your Story from the Middle––Part V

How do you create a “mirror moment for our lead character? Ask your character a series of questions, and their answers will help you create their “mirror moment.” Click to Tweet #amwriting #writefromthemiddle

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Writing Your Story from the Middle––Part IV

We’ve been discussing writing your story from the middle, by pinning down the protagonist’s “mirror moment.” It’s a moment of self-reflection to determine what their next move is. They consider where they’ve come from, so they can plan where they’ll go from here. Click to Tweet #amwriting #writefromthemiddle

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Writing Your Story from the Middle––Part III

Writing your story from the middle can be challenging. It’s not the normal way we think of writing our story. We think of the beginning, and how it will end. What will the climax be? But writing from the middle can open up your writing to a number of different scenarios you may find intriguing. […]

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