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What’s The Deal With Interactive Storytelling?

What’s The Deal With Interactive Storytelling? 

What’s the deal with interactive storytelling? Glad you asked. If you know me, you’ll know that I’ve been making video games since I was a kid, banging away at the keyboard of my dad’s Commodore 64. If you don’t know me, well . . . surprise! One of my other favorite things since I was […]

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Story Openings

Story Openings 

The blank page faces you, whether it’s the page in your hand or the one on the screen, the question is always the same – how do you begin? Do you want to set the scene with a sweeping landscape, or launch into the action with a gunfight or duel? Will you ease the reader […]

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Story Structure – Part 12: The End: Wrapping Up Your Stories

Story Structure – Part 12: The End: Wrapping Up Your Stories 

You can read the rest of the Story Structure series here: Part 1 – Story Structure: Beginnings Part 2 – Revisiting the Three-Act Structure Part 3 – In the Beginning… Part 4 – Propel Yourself into the Middle Part 5 – Mushy Middle Syndrome Part 6 – The Meandering Middle Part 7 – The Wispy […]

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Story Structure – Part 11: Climax and Denouement

Story Structure – Part 11: Climax and Denouement 

You can read the rest of the Story Structure series here: Part 1 – Story Structure: Beginnings Part 2 – Revisiting the Three-Act Structure Part 3 – In the Beginning… Part 4 – Propel Yourself into the Middle Part 5 – Mushy Middle Syndrome Part 6 – The Meandering Middle Part 7 – The Wispy […]

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Story Structure – Part 10: The Art of the Subplot (part 2)

Story Structure – Part 10: The Art of the Subplot (part 2) 

You can read the rest of the Story Structure series here: Part 1 – Story Structure: Beginnings Part 2 – Revisiting the Three-Act Structure Part 3 – In the Beginning… Part 4 – Propel Yourself into the Middle Part 5 – Mushy Middle Syndrome Part 6 – The Meandering Middle Part 7 – The Wispy […]

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Story Structure – Part 9: The Art of the Subplot

Story Structure – Part 9: The Art of the Subplot 

You can read the rest of the Story Structure series here: Part 1 – Story Structure: Beginnings Part 2 – Revisiting the Three-Act Structure Part 3 – In the Beginning… Part 4 – Propel Yourself into the Middle Part 5 – Mushy Middle Syndrome Part 6 – The Meandering Middle Part 7 – The Wispy […]

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Middles – Part 5: Cramped Middles

Middles – Part 5: Cramped Middles 

You can read the rest of this series here: Part 1: Mushy Middle Syndrome Part 2: Propel Yourself into the Middle Part 3: The Meandering Middle Part 4: The Wispy Middle Have you ever watched one of those videos where a bunch of goofs cram themselves into a phone booth or some other tiny space […]

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Rhythm and Time – Part 6: The Repeats and the Choruses

Rhythm and Time – Part 6: The Repeats and the Choruses 

You can read the rest of this series here: Part 1: Give Your Writing a Beat of Its Own Part 2: Add a Little Harmony with Adjectives Part 3: Dialogue as Your Rhythm Part 4: Make Your Characters Sing Part 5: The Rests I have to tell you all—this has been a fun series. As […]

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Middles – Part 4: Wispy Middles

Middles – Part 4: Wispy Middles 

You can read the rest of this series here: Part 1: Mushy Middle Syndrome Part 2: Propel Yourself into the Middle Part 3: The Meandering Middle A while back, I picked up a free novel on Amazon. It wasn’t my normal genre, but I had an evening to kill and I wanted something light to […]

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Rhythm and Time – Part 5: The Rests

Rhythm and Time – Part 5: The Rests 

You can read the rest of this series here: Part 1: Give Your Writing a Beat of Its Own Part 2: Add a Little Harmony with Adjectives Part 3: Dialogue as Your Rhythm Part 4: Make Your Characters Sing I started this series several weeks ago by talking about different lines of music—the different parts […]

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Middles – Part 3: The Meandering Middle

Middles – Part 3: The Meandering Middle 

You can read the rest of this series here: Part 1: Mushy Middle Syndrome Part 2: Propel Yourself into the Middle We fantasy enthusiasts are a funny lot. We’ll put up with a lot in our stories. We’re used to prologues, long books, epilogues, strange threads that seem insignificant at the time but end up […]

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Middles – Part 2: Propel Yourself Into the Middle

Middles – Part 2: Propel Yourself Into the Middle 

Two weeks ago, I started talking about mushy middles and why I think writers encounter them. Now that we’ve identified mushy middles as an issue, let’s look at some of the problems around them and how to fix them. Three Basic Types of Mushy Middles The Meandering Middle This is a middle that wanders… In […]

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