Creating Better Characters by Focusing on Flaws

“Simply put, a story is a character arc – a personality making a progression from an emotional or psychological Point A to an emotional or psychological Point B. Story is all about internal growth, not external events. It’s a character’s struggle to shed old behaviors or beliefs that have held him back from becoming his “true self” – the person he was always ‘meant to be’.” – Libbie Hawker

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How to Use the Iceberg Theory To Tell Compelling Stories

“If a writer of prose knows enough of what he is writing about he may omit things that he knows and the reader, if the writer is writing truly enough, will have a feeling of those things as strongly as though the writer had stated them. The dignity of movement of an ice-berg is due to only one-eighth of it being above water. A writer who omits things because he does not know them only makes hollow places in his writing.” – Ernest Hemingway

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How to Write Great Scenes for Your Short Stories

“Drama is the way of holding the reader's attention. The basic formula for drama is setup, buildup, payoff - just like a joke. The setup tells us what the game is. The buildup is where you put in all the moves, the forward motion, where you get all the meat off the turkey. The payoff answers the question, Why are we here anyway? What is it that you've been trying to give?” - Anne Lamott

Part 10 in How to Write a Short Story.

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How to Introduce Your Reader to Your Fictional World

“Worldbuilding touches all aspects of your story. It touches plot and character as well. If you don't know the culture your character comes from, how can you know what he's really like? You must know your characters on a much deeper level than you would if you just shrugged your way into a cookie cutter fantasy world.” - Patrick Rothfuss

Part 9 in How to Write a Short Story.

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