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The importance of emotion in narrative

As a writing mentor and manuscript assessor, I can often tell who has been to creative writing class. Apart from other telltale signs, these writers leave out emotion. They think they have to show it, not tell it. This is a tricky area.

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Two writers discuss creating a moral universe

Every writer creates their own moral universe in their fiction, even when they don’t realise they’re doing it. When the goodies win and the baddies are sent to prison, or killed, or otherwise defeated, that is evidence of a moral universe at work, one created by the writer.

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Writing Tips: Character flaw

When the protagonist has a character flaw that prevents them from getting what they want, the story deepens and becomes more richly layered. This character flaw can be called the internal antagonist. It drives the protagonist to act against their own best interests, while also blinding them to that fact. 

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