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05 Jun

WHAT DOES HE FEEL? WHAT DOES HE DO?

First, figure out what is the next thing that happens in your story.  This is the next beat, or the next plot point, as your protagonist struggles to achieve his or her goal or desire, and to avoid his or her problems.  Usually, the protagonist will fail, and more than once, before the climax of a story. […]

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14 Apr

USING PHOTOGRAPHS

Your assignment this week will help you start to think about character and point-of-view.  First, find a photograph with at least two people in it.  They may not be famous people, or people you know, so no family vacation photos and no Benedict Cumberbatch.  You can rip something out of a magazine, or print something from online, […]

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02 Mar

CLIMAX

Hi folks, Most of you are heading towards the end of your stories (or at least can see the ending in the distance), so it’s time to talk about writing the climax. The climax is the top of that plot mountain teachers are always talking about, the final battle, the answer to the mystery, the […]

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