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One Minute Lesson: Meet the Readers' Expectations, Not the Characters'

Don’t bother more about meeting your characters’ expectations than your readers’.

Readers want more conflict, off-the-walls tension, and high stakes – whatever those may be for your specific protagonist. 64 more words

The Contents of Your Chapters

Each chapter should have one event of consequence. Everything else that happens within a chapter should surround that one event.

Just like with any long-form fiction, approach a chapter as if it were a plot of its own – it has a beginning, middle, and an end. 807 more words

CHINATOWN's opening scenes... cutting fat...

t doesn’tBeen wanting to do this for a long time.

It’s difficult for beginning writers to understand the value of cutting, much less the value of cutting really good stuff they took the time and trouble to write. 595 more words


The Craft Behind Engaging Fiction

It’s not usually one of those things we pay too much mind to during a first draft. Maybe it’s not even the focus of your second draft. 880 more words