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Grand Finales: Tips for Writing Great Endings of Novels | LIVE WRITE THRIVE
Writing a great ending for your book is just as important as a dynamite opening that rivets our attention and compels us to keep turning those pages.
Great plots are awesome. Beautiful descriptions are awe-inspiring. But if you can crack character, you are made.
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If you are trying to claw past feelings of low self-worth brought on by past trauma, or you’re determined to think positively and fight the cloud of pessimism that always seems to envelope you, your brain may actually work against you.
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This week we’ll take a look at House of Cards, which does an excellent job of creating compelling primary characters with strong goals and opposition, as well as a rich supporting cast. Few shows on television have filled out their cast of characters as well as this one.
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Two Things You Should Know About Your Story… the Earlier the Better.
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Basically SOMETHING HAPPENS early-to-middle of Act One which jumbles the Protagonist’s ordinary life and sets into motion their departure into a New World (whether geographical in nature or not).
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It’s all in the writing. After all the structuring is done, the scenes themselves have to entertain. Most often, when I read a script, I think to myself, “It needs color.” Color the characters; color the scenes; color the dialogue. It’s all in the writing.
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Like a lot of film industry jargon, the term “treatment” is intentionally ambiguous, so that important people can toss the word around without quite knowing what it means.
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This will be a strange way to begin a guide to blogging, but I want to save you time, trouble, and heartache: The average author does not benefit much from blogging.
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Our social media feeds and inboxes are cluttered, but we still want to know what’s going on. And we still need to reach our readers … so how do you stand out in a sea of content?
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People don’t really trust 5 star reviews and most people will jump to the 1 and 2 star reviews. If there aren’t any negative reviews, people will question all of the positive reviews. So you want some negative reviews.
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