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Time to Focus on the Writer

Time to Focus on the Writer

Earlier this year, I took an unplanned but as it turned out necessary break from writing. I was in a productive routine, but then, an earth-shattering loss had me feeling that writing was pointless. My beloved writing group encouraged me to stay connected to the work. Thankfully, I listened and kept a journal nearby. Long, depressive passages eventually gave way to new ideas and character breakthroughs.

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Shaping Your Story with Beats

Shaping Your Story with Beats

In our Incubators, we use story beats, a popular screenwriter’s tool, to help us draft our novels and memoirs. Beats are points of inflection that drive your hero’s journey, both inside and out—actions and reactions that propel your story forward. If you’re intentional about your beats, they can help you get to the heart of your story more effectively. Give your story a pleasing shape that makes your readers happy.

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