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Better Storytelling: The Basics

Learn How To Write With The Basics

If you don't know THE BASICS, you'll never be able to write a story that people will want to read. Learn how to make a reader fall in love with your story instantly!


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The Basics of Storytelling by William F. Nolan

As a storyteller, you must begin by creating a protagonist who is real, three dimensional, with genuine emotions that play out over the course of your narrative.  Your range is ...

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The Blank Page


The Blank Page - Where to Begin?

Ever writer is familiar with it:  An ocean of whiteness staring back at them – the blank page.  Just where do you begin when you want to tell a story?  Every writer seems to have their own unique method, developed ...

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Start At The End


Start At The End

Have you ever read a story with an intriguing plot, compelling characters and great action, but when it came down to the end of the story, the author dropped the ball?  Rather than being unsatisfying, it...

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What Makes A Great Hero


What Makes A Great Hero?

Great heroes are rare to find, while flat, uninteresting characters are all too common in stories. Why is this so?  Some tales have epic heroes while others contain lifeless, boring characters ...

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How Setting Affects Your Story


How Setting Affects Your Story

Some writers make the mistake of ignoring where their stories take place.  When writing scenes, it’s important to keep in mind where your characters are.  Even if you’re not writing genres where ...

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Lead With The Theme

Lead With The Theme

Stories with a well developed theme are rare.  Thematic writing is one of the most misunderstood writing techniques, but all of the great writers have learned to master theme.  Countless hours ...

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