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Interview with Jacqui Murray

Jacqui Murray is the author of the popular Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy and To Hunt a Sub, her debut fiction. She is the author/editor of over a hundred books on

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Interview with Margaret Lesh

Margaret Lesh is the author of the novels Normalish, Mr. Katz is a Zombie, and Finding a Man For Sylvia, as well as her memoir Let Me Get This Off My Chest: A Breast Cancer Survivor Over-Shares. She believes tacos are

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What Do You Do When You Hit a Wall?

If you’ve been writing for any amount of time, it’s happened to you. You’re cranking along, a blissful conduit for the story flowing through you. It’s awesome. It’s the most incredible feeling in the whole world. And then, SCREECH! It

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Three Act Structure–Third Act

Act three is where your protagonist either succeeds or fails utterly. It should comprise around the last 25% of your book. Right after the second plot point, the dark night of the soul, your protagonist has to devise a new

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Three Act Structure–Act Two

Act two is the middle of your story–the largest part, at least 50%. The best description of the second act I’ve ever heard came from one of Brandon Sanderson’s teaching videos on YouTube, which I highly recommend. He said that

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Three Act Structure–Act One: Inciting Incident

So, you’ve got your story idea, and it’s a good one. Now you want to write it up and do it justice. Being smart, you’re going to learn about story structure first, so you don’t write 80,000 words and then

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Story Structure–Important for Both Plotters and Discovery Writers

Story structure is incredibly important to your writing. It’s the skeleton on which you hang your entire tale. No matter how lovely your prose, if you aren’t telling a solid tale underneath, most readers will be unhappy with it. They

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