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Writing Excellent Exposition and Avoiding the Dreaded Info Dump

The Key to Great Exposition Have you ever asked someone what should have been a quick question, only to have them ramble on and on until you wished you’d never opened your mouth? Annoying, right? If you’re not careful, your story can end up making your readers feel that way, too. If your story piles on too much information too …

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The MacGuffin: World’s Greatest Story Shortcut

Writing is hard work. If you search the web for writing tips, a large portion of the advice is just ways to trick yourself into writing. Since writing is so tough, writers have come up with shortcuts to make creating a story quicker and more efficient, such as writing prompt lists and all manner of story element generators. One of …

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