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JJ Barnes

JJ Barnes writes about parenting, feminism, current affairs and writing

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Why You Should Know And Understand Your Genre

Your genre is the concept that your audience is going to buy into when they choose to read your book or watch your film. When you market your story, you’re marketing it to the audience that wants that concept, and then you have to follow through on the promise to deliver it. But you have to know what your genre is, what the rules are for that genre, and how to still be original within it.

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How To Write Narrative Triplets – Serenity Edition

A Narrative Triplet is where a concept or a theme is launched in the first use, established in the second, and then resolved in the third. It can make a good beginning, middle and end to your story, and makes the experience of reading it or watching it more satisfying for the audience.

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How To Edit Your Book

Editing is a really important part of your writing, and it’s something that all writers have to learn to do well if they want to be successful. However, it also has a bit of a bad rep. Editing hell. Hopefully in this post, I’ll be able to both teach you how to edit your book or script well, and also how to enjoy the process.

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How To Create Good Characterisation

Your characters are one of the most important things about your story, they’re how your audience connects to the story you’re telling, how your plot moves along, and, usually, the point of the story in the first place. To write good characters that your audience will be interested in and want to follow, either by reading or watching, you have to be good at characterisation. How you bring them alive and make them interesting.

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What Does Show Don’t Tell Mean In Writing?

One of the most popular pieces of advice you will be given as an aspiring writer is to “show, don’t tell.” Because that isn’t necessarily as clear as piece of advice as it could be, I’ll be dissecting it and talking about when and how to apply it to your own writing.

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Writing Set Up and Pay Off – DIE HARD edition

The inclusion of satisfying set up and pay off in your story means your audience will find it so much more entertaining. The set up is early story beats that are part of the story in general, but then are pulled upon to be relevant to the climax of your story later. It means your audience feels rewarded for paying attention, and included in the story process because those early set up notes are put in just for their enjoyment.

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How To Write Flashbacks

Using flashbacks is when you have two time lines, your main story line, and then a back story line in the past.

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Examples of Multiple Antagonists in one story

I’ve written before about the difference between the Protaognist and the Antagonist in your story and how you use them, but in some stories you’ll want to use multiple antagonists. I’ll give you some examples of how multiple antagonists can be used in one story, different kinds, and the effect it has, using one of my favourite films in the whole world as an example: Jurassic Park.

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How to reward your audience for paying attention to your plot

When your reader or view is particularly observant and notices the small details in your story, you can reward them by making those small details pay off later in a way that is really satisfying. It takes time and effort, but it’s worth it.

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Writing a Non-Linear Story

Non-Linear storytelling is when you break up the chronological order of your story, and tell different sections at different times, so you’re writing in multiple timelines. There are different ways of writing a non-linear story, so I’ll a deep dive on the different styles in a future piece, but right now I’ll do an intro and cover a few different ways or writing non-linear.