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Writing Craft Master Lists: Filling in the Blanks

Pen poised to write on a blank page with text: Filling in the Blanks of Our Writing Knowledge

Over the past two weeks, I shared my mega-lists of writing craft skills for story development, line editing, and copy editing. Before I offer those lists as downloadable checklists, let’s make sure the lists are as complete as possible.

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February 20, 2018

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Tapping into Strong Emotions with Memories

String tied on a finger with text: Strengthen Memories for Deeper Emotion

Our readers often want an emotional connection to our story and characters, but sometimes we struggle to explore deep emotions in our stories. Luckily, our lifetime of memories is the perfect repository of emotions for us to mine.

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January 11, 2018

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Calling All Scrivener-Using Over Achievers!

Messy-looking red and blue engine with text: Scrivener for the "Frankenstein" Master Beat Sheet

Many of my most popular posts share tools I’ve developed to help writers. By request, here’s a Scrivener template for my Master Beat Sheet, which combines the Save the Cat Beat Sheet and my Story Engineering Beat Sheet.

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January 4, 2018

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How to Create Scene Endings that Hook Readers

Chain links reaching up to clouds with text: How to End a Scene and Pull Readers Forward

We’ve been talking about the difference types of transitions we might create between scenes and plot events. Today, we’re focusing on the types of sentences that will strengthen our scene endings (and thus our scenes).

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December 19, 2017

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