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Kristen Stieffel
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Attended Dos Pueblos High School
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Novelists got the "plant and payoff" concept from screenwriting, but it goes back to the playwriting days of Anton Chekhov, who warned us about guns.
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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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This maxim is best remembered in the words of Anton Chekhov, who gave the advice several times and in different ways, one of which is this: If you say in the first chapter that there is a rifle hanging on the wall, in the second or third chapter it…
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Ain't that the truth. In my WIP, I'm trying to deliver on all the plants, but it's time travel so it's really tricky.
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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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Writer, editor, and writing coach
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  • Writing Coach
    2010 - present
  • Orlando Business Journal
    News Assistant, 2001 - 2011
  • Orlando Business Journal
    Graphic Artist & Admin Support, 1991 - 2001
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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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