July, 2016

Storytelling

Five Ways to Restore Tension

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Getting your audience to the finish line requires bait at every step. That bait is the tension created by your opening plot hooks. Unfortunately, it’s not unusual for that tension to drop in the lulls between high-conflict scenes. Use these techniques to insert more tempting bait during those low points. Read more »

Writing

Seven Common Causes of Reader Confusion

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Confusion makes it impossible for readers to enjoy a story, and the unique elements of speculative fiction make it especially prone to confusion. Not only that, but because stories always make sense to their writers, head-scratching moments are difficult to eliminate without outside help. But don’t give up … read more »