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Synopsis – How to from Lara

The following site ( says, “Don’t make the mistake of thinking the synopsis just details the plot. That will end up reading like a very mechanical account of your story, and won’t offer any depth or texture; it will read like a story without any emotion.” In fiction, emotion is key. Now, in terms of […]

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Cause and Effect 2 – by Lara

At present the scenes read a bit like a laundry list of events/happenings or situations[1] (a story), which is not the same thing as a plot. Ian Briggs says[2], “We have defined a story as a narrative of events arranged in their time-sequence. A plot is also a narrative of events, the emphasis falling on causality. […]

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Goal, Motivation, Conflict (GMC)

GMC is goal, motivation, and conflict. This blog (why-i-love-deb-dixons-goal-motivation) sums it up like this: It begins with WHO. Your character. Goal = What (what they want) Motivation = Why (why they want it) Conflict = The Why Not (what stands in their way) You listed character goals in the file you sent, but it might […]

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Cause and Effect 1 – by Lara

One event/action, let’s say by the antagonist, triggers first an internal reaction and then an external reaction (decision, new goal, new action) from the protagonist, which in turn affects the antagonist. ‘The king died and then the queen died,’ is a story. ‘The king died, and then the queen died of grief,’ is a plot. If a story we […]

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The Days of Elijah - a story

The Days of Elijah – a story