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Tools of the Trade: Anticlimax

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We’ve all seen it before: the story is built up, tensions are rising, suspense is palpable enough that you can’t help but be on the edge of your seat. This is it, you might think to yourself. This is going to be an epic fight. I wonder how he’s going to–

Wait. Did that random, unnamed character from the second chapter just… did he just shoot Bad Guy in the head from a rooftop?

You just got anticlimaxed.  Continue reading

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Plot Outlining: Avoiding the Trap

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Anyone who’s written more than a couple of stories will tell you that the worst thing you can do is sit down and start writing cold. You really should know where the story is going to go before you even open up the word processor. The problem, of course, is that it’s tempting as heck to just rush in. Continue reading

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