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Jami Gold

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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What to Write Next: Playing Favorites

Field of identical-looking sunflowers with text: Can We Play Favorites with Our Writing?

The vast majority of us will write more than one story during our life, so at some point in our career, we’ll have to decide what we’re going to write next. The question then becomes, how do we decide?

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January 9, 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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Happy New Year! Time to Leave Guilt Behind…

Fireworks in a dark sky with text: Celebrate by Leaving Guilt Behind!

This time of year is ripe for wrap-ups of what we accomplished over the previous year. However, it’s easy to reach the end of 2017 and feel like a failure for not accomplishing enough or not reaching a certain goal or milestone.

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January 2, 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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