Act II is where the story truly expresses itself, and it does it one terrible crisis after another. But there should always be hope at the end of the tunnel.

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The 3-Act Story Structure is one of the most effective narrative structures. It’s straightforward, but it’s in simplicity that resides its power.

The 3-Act Story Structure comprises a beginning, middle (with a big crisis) and end, and every act also has its own beginning, middle and end. This sequence is…

THE WRITER’S VOCABULARY — CHAPTERS

We tend to use chapter breaks pragmatically, but do you know an emotional use will irrevocably bind the reader to the story?

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Chapters are the humblest of narrative tools. We tend to use them without really thinking about what they can do for us. A bit randomly, let’s be honest.

But have you ever thought about what chapter may do for our story? Trust me. …

The opening might be the least exciting of the three acts in a story, but lay it down with awareness, and it will sustain your story to the very end.

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The 3-Act Story Structure is one of the most effective narrative structures. It’s straightforward, but it’s in simplicity that resides its power.

The 3-Act Story Structure comprises a beginning, middle (with a big crisis) and end, and every act also has its own beginning, middle and end. This sequence is…

A character’s ‘organic’ characteristics aren’t everything there is to it. Narrative characteristics also define a character.

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In a previous article, I’ve talked about what are the main traits of a compelling character, touching on physical looks, background and psychological and emotional states. I would define these ‘organic characteristics’, because they…

How to create a character is maybe one of the most tricky aspects of the storytelling business. It’s so very personal. Here are some pointers to get you started.

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When it comes to creating characters, I find it always so difficult to give advice. Creating characters is a highly personal endeavour, with roots in the author’s personality and life experience. …

“Keep up your hobbitry in heart, and think that all stories feel like that when you are in them. You are inside a very great story!”

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This is my toast to Professor Tolkien on his 130th birthday!

What would Tolkien think of us fans if he could see us now?
Would he believe how important his words are to us? How inspiring his work is? How much we cherish it?

He spent most of his life…

The dialogue between Tolkien and his readers as a neverending translation of experiences.

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Recently, I took part in an online meeting of Tolkien fans, and one of them said something that surprised me. He said he doesn’t understand why so many people read The Lord of the Rings in light of Tolkien’s war experience.
It surprised me because, in my opinion, Tolkien’s war…

Is it better to postpone writing your story to when you’ll be perfectly ready, or is it better to write a terrible first draft now?

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NaNoWriMo is an online challenge organised every November on the dedicated site. Writers ‘gather’ from all over the world to challenge themselves to write the first draft of a new project in just 30 days.

I’ve taken part in NaNoWriMo for the past 15 years, and every year, I hear…

JazzFeathers

Author of historical fantasy novels set in the 1920s | Dieselpunk | 1920s social history blogger | Hopeless Tolkien nerd https://theoldshelter.com/

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