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Seeing Structure

A layered cake

Writing a story is in many ways like a building a building.  The structure depends on a succession of supporting layers.  Proficiency with all of these layers is a prerequisite for success.

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Making Character Count

A sparkling diamond

In a previous article, I discussed how much effort should be put into a character.  In it, I mentioned that a protagonist is worthy of the "full treatment."  In this article, we'll discuss what that means.

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Setting the Scene

The chracters debate

"Show, don't tell" is a cardinal rule for storytelling in any format.  Information the audience needs to know should be woven into dialogue wherever possible—and in drama formats like screen or stage plays, it's the only way it can be delivered.  How can this be done?

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