How to Write Chapter Openings

Strong chapter openings can make it harder to put the book down. In this video, I go over chapter openings from published novels and different techniques you can use to open your chapters.

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How to Write Chapter Endings

There are many different ways you can end the chapters in your novel. In this video I go over several techniques that help to pull the reader through the story.

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How to Write Reactive Scenes (with examples)

Reactive scenes focus on an issue or conundrum and how the character decides to move forward. In this video I use examples from published novels to demonstrate the structure of reactive scenes.

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Using Foreshadowing to Create Momentum in Your Novel

Foreshadowing can be a great way to pull the reader through potentially boring scenes with the promise of something exciting on the horizon. In this video I go over published novels and how they use foreshadowing to keep the reader engaged.

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How to Describe Characters (without boring your readers)

Character descriptions can often feel boring or awkwardly inserted into the story. But describing both physical traits and personality traits can be done in a way that fits seamlessly into the story. In this video I use published novels to demonstrate how to make your character descriptions engaging.

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How to Enhance Scenes with Backstory

Writers are often advised to use as little backstory as possible, but sometimes nonessential backstory can actually enhance a scene. Backstory can convey the novel’s themes, clarify the character’s feelings, or give a better sense of the character’s current actions.

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youtube twitterWriters are often advised to use as little backstory as possible, but sometimes nonessential backstory can actually enhance a scene. Backstory can convey the novel’s themes, clarify the character’s feelings, or give a better sense of the character’s current actions.

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