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JJ Barnes – Writing Advice

Free writing advice – writers supporting writers

By - JJBarnes

How To Write Suspense

If you are writing a scary story, or a thriller or a mystery, suspense is one of the key things you need to make your story appealing to your audience. It will keep them excited and intrigued so they will want to stay with you and keep watching or reading to the end.

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The Lie Your Protagonist Believes

The lie your Protagonist believes takes your character at the start of your story where they will believe something about the world, and follows them through the course of the story as they learn the truth.

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How To End A Chapter

On Instagram we were asked a question by a user with the handle @Books_To_Life who wanted to know how you know when your chapter is coming to an end, and how do you end it in the right way to move on to the next chapter?

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How To Make Your Scenes Plot Relevant

My general advice with writing a story is that everything in your story, whether it’s a tiny moment, a whole scene, or a large section, it should be plot relevant. If it doesn’t add to your story, it doesn’t belong in your story. So, how do you tell if what you’ve written is plot relevant or not?

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How To Deal With Writer’s Block

If you’re a writer, you’re like to have experienced what is commonly referred to as “writer’s block.” This is where you cannot move forward with your story and any menial task, such as laundry or vacuuming, suddenly becomes much more appealing to you than actually putting words on the page because of how hard you’re finding it to write.

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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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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.