Last year was Writing on Point’s debut, and it had some notable moments. These were the top writing craft posts from 2016.
10) Tension, Fear, and Consequences in Fiction Writing
Tension is one of the best ways to keep readers turning pages. This post is all about making sure every scene uses tension to highlight the stakes the protagonist is facing, big or small.
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9) 3 Reasons to Use a Pen name
Pen names are easy to use in the digital age. Should you be using one, and if so, what would your goal be?
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8) Secrets and Sins of Prologues
The prologue is dead; Long live the prologue. If you are using a prologue, there are some important things it needs to do.
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7) 3 Crucial Stages of Editing
Editing doesn’t happen all at once, it happens in stages. This post will help you decide where to start.
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6) Productivity Baselines & Writing Deadlines
If you’ve ever wanted to write more than you do, this post has some helpful strategies for deciding what “more” realistically is.
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5) Your 2nd Draft: Self-Editing Strategies
Always popular – being your own editor. Find out how you can be effective at editing your own work.
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4) Fear of Change and the First Half of Your Story
Before the midpoint, a protagonist behaves in a very specific way, in every story. Being afraid of the changes happening in their life means you, as the writer, need to find ways to get them off their duff.
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Top 3 Writing Craft Posts from 2016
3) Analyzing Your Story: Turning Point
A nearly perfect follow-up: What is a story turning point, what is THE turning point, and how can it really hook your readers so they always finish the book.
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2) Seven Types of Story
There’s no need to reinvent the wheel when you write. In fact, it can be helpful to have a story model so you can easily determine what your audience expects out the characters and the plot.
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1) Emotional Arc vs. Narrative Arc
Our top post from 2016 is all about the two threads of a story – the emotional and narrative arcs – and how they play off of each other to take readers from the beginning of a story all the way to the last page.
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