conflict in a story

Conflict and Story: From Boring Life to Brilliant Fiction – Part 1

Making Scenes out of soy milk

Here’s what happens: I go into a Starbucks in Los Gatos, California, stressing hard about the wedding ceremony I have to write and officiate for my cousin in less than 24 hours. I’m hyped-up and anxious about getting it done, investing too much faith in the 16-ounce, whole-milk latte I’m ordering to jumpstart my brain and unleash the heartfelt verbiage she’s trusting me to produce.

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conflict in a story

Conflict and Story: From Boring Life to Brilliant Fiction – Part 2

Emotion in fiction is a byproduct of coffee—I mean conflict

In part-one of this post, I introduced the scene in the coffee shop and my botched order. Remember how, when I first entered the coffeeshop to write my cousin’s wedding ceremony, I was in a state of anticipation about my latte? And how disappointed I was when I got the wrong one? That was my real-life emotional arc; I went from one emotional state to another, and conflict was the fulcrum. Without the conflict, there’d have been no meaningful emotional change.

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Writing Resources – September 21

Our latest list includes some of the best resources and articles we’ve read online this week for:

  • Writing and editing
  • Publishing advice and contest considerations
  • Encouragement for finishing your writing projects

So load up your reader and get ready to get your Learn on! Enjoy.

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writing a query letter

6 Tips for Writing a Query Letter to Literary Agents and Publishers

We’ve all seen the general tips, advice and templates for writing a query letter or cover letter to an agent or publisher. But have you actually talked with one about what they specifically look for?

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Writing Resources

Writing Resources – September 14

Our latest list includes some of the best resources and articles we’ve read online this week for:

  • Writing and editing
  • Publishing advice and contest considerations
  • Encouragement for finishing your writing projects

So load up your reader and get ready to get your Learn on! Enjoy.

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