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All good stories need stakes. They’re some of the most important elements of storytelling. They’re what keeps everyone invested in fighting the central conflict – readers and characters alike. What are Stakes and Why Do Stories Need Them? Stakes are […]
Good world building makes a fictional world feel real and lived in. If the world building can fall apart when a reader starts asking questions like “Why don’t they just band together to overthrow the dictator?” and “Why is this character living in poverty when they can do magic?”, the world does not feel real and lived in, it feels fragile and shallow.
One of the keys to writing a great story is great character development. Since stories are driven by the characters they’re about, when characters are poorly developed, a story can quickly become boring, confusing, meandering and pointless. Stories like this […]
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