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Plot, Goal, Inciting Incident—A Reader’s Question

on June 18th, 2013 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

A readers asks about links between plot, character goal, and the inciting incident.

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You Got My Attention, But Where’s the Action?

on September 5th, 2011 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

Stories need action events. Something needs to happen, not only to keep characters moving forward, but to keep readers interested.

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Sub-plots, Main Plots, and Digressions

on July 30th, 2011 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

Sub-plots can add great depth to story. But these secondary plots can detract from the main plot. A look at sub-plots and their limitations.

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The Outline Dilemma—Plotting vs. Pantsing

on May 27th, 2011 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

Should you outline your story before you begin writing or just jump in and write away? Plotters and pantsers each have their champions and their critics. But you should do what works for you.

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Plot Basics—The Events of Story

on May 22nd, 2011 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

Plot, one of the most important elements of fiction, is all about what happens to characters. Plot is concerned with story events and character reaction to those events. A look at plot basics.

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