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Writing Preparations

There are two aspects to the preparations for writing. One is physical. You can write if you are uncomfortable, but it is so much easier to write when you are comfortable. So you want your writing space to be comfortable,

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Developing a Plot

There are many schools of thought on that. Some people develop their plots on the fly. Others plan it down to the smallest detail. I’m somewhere in the middle. I plan my plots, describe the scenes, and write the scenes

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The Most Important Element of Plot

So which plot element is most important? I think it is a dead heat. Setting is important because it gives us a sense of where we are. We aren’t floating in a vacuum we are in a place. Characters are important

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Why Conflict is the Most Important Element of Plot

The Encarta Dictionary: English (North America) defines conflict as “Plot Tension: literature opposition between or among characters or forces in a literary work that shapes or motivates the action of the plot.” What does that mean? Conflict is opposition. The

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Why Setting Is The Most Important Plot Element

Setting is the most important part of a story’s plot because, without it, your characters are nowhere. Picture actors in front of a green screen and there’s your story. There’s nothing for the characters to react to, which makes it

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