Fiction Structure and Style – Time and Place

Fiction Structure and Style – Time and Place

Marie Valentine Time and place are key pillars of your story structure. Without them, tales fall into fragments. Neglect setting at your own risk. Readers who don’t know where they are get frustrated, fast. You need to put the players someplace, otherwise the...
On Pacing: Superspecific Settings Are Not Needed

On Pacing: Superspecific Settings Are Not Needed

Place your characters in an environment and let them be. Sometimes writers are pace driven and have a story they simply need to get out. Often their characters are floating in space, meeting midair without a notion of physical dimension. Time and place have been...
On Pacing: Don’t Do Dead-end Dialogue

On Pacing: Don’t Do Dead-end Dialogue

Making sure your characters’ language makes an impact Imagine an agent looking for the next big thing. She sits down with her coffee and red pen and flips open a fresh manuscript to the following interaction: The phone rang. “Hello,” answered Don....

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