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JJ Barnes

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

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Writing Set Up And Pay Off – writing tips

We were asked a question on Facebook by LR Jones, who wanted to know about set up and pay off in stories, examples of it being done well, and how to write it in your own stories.

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Taking your characters from the mundane to the magical – advice for writing fantasy

Taking your characters from the mundane to the magical, a technique used in most fantasy stories, when you take your character from their normal life in their ordinary world that they’re familiar with, and into a magical world that’s new.

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How To Develop Your Plot – writing advice and tips

We were asked a question by viewer Gareth Shelley. He wanted to know how you develop the plot of your story, and whether you should start by writing the ending of your book, then building up towards it.

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What is the “Inciting Incident” – writing and story structure advice

I’m going to explain what the “Inciting Incident” is in your story, where to put it, what it’s used for, and how to write it. I’ll be referencing the film The Matrix as an example of a really well written inciting incident.

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What are the Protagonist and the Antagonist? Writing lessons for writers.

If you’re a writer you’ll have heard the terms “protagonist” and “antagonist,” and you might have a baseline familiarity with what they are, but you might not have a complete understanding of the meaning. So to make it clear what they are, I’m going to explain exactly what these words mean, and reference the film Terminator 2 as an example of a Protagonist and an Antagonist.

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How To Use Narrative Triplets – SPOILERS – Joker – writing technique advice

Narrative Triplets is a story tool that you can use to make you story progress and keep it interesting. When a Narrative Triplet is used it makes the story feel extremely satisfying for the audience.

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Ways to improve and grow your vocabulary to become a better writer.

Viewer Gareth Shelley asked a question about how important a big vocabulary is when you want to write a book, and how you can overcome the problem of a small vocabulary to become a better writer.

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The First Piece Of Advice That I Give To Anyone Who Wants To Write A Book

When you’re a writer, people will often tell you that they too want to write a book. They have ideas, maybe a character or a concept, but they’re just not sure how to start it. And I always give them the same piece of advice.