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Kristen Stieffel
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Attended Dos Pueblos High School
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Will Ramirez looks at the state between contract and publication…
I remember thinking that everything would be awesome after I signed a book contract. Self-doubt would fade. Writer's block would vanish. No more contests or trying to get noticed. Right? Au Contrai...
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As writers, we often doubt our abilities. Don't let that stop you from pursuing your purpose.
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Last time, I noted that stories about characters who never fail can become boring. One of the ways to keep things interesting—in addition to giving your characters the occasional setback—is with unexpected plot turns. Hence this checklist item: ☐ The plot…
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Great resource!
Translate emotions into written body language  We are always told to use body language in our writing. Sometimes, it's easier said than written. I decided to create these cheat sheets to help you...
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We’re still working on the Plot section of the Elements of Fiction Editing Checklist. ☐ Subplots arise organically and make sense as they unfold, not only in light of the ending. Done right, subplots add richness and depth to a novel. They give us a…
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When you’re escalating the stakes and getting your protagonists into deeper and deeper trouble, a great principle to keep in mind is this one from the “Pixar Rules:” ☐ Coincidences to get characters into trouble are great; coincidences to get them out of…
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Plot twists and surprises are great for keeping readers interested. Just make sure you don't go overboard. The surprise still needs to be plausible.
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You could put your hero in life-threatening danger from the start, but to give your story a roller coaster effect, raise the stakes throughout the story.
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We noted before that the stakes for the protagonist should be stated early. In the best stories, though, the stakes will change as the story develops. The stakes get higher—at the outset, the heroine might have a promotion on the line, and by midway…
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Writer, editor, and writing coach
Employment
  • Writing Coach
    2010 - present
  • Orlando Business Journal
    News Assistant, 2001 - 2011
  • Orlando Business Journal
    Graphic Artist & Admin Support, 1991 - 2001
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Orlando
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Everyone has a story…I can help tell yours.
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  • Dos Pueblos High School
  • Santa Barbara City College
    Creative Writing
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