Word by Word

Practical insights for writers from Jessica P Morrell

Fiction is about the cost of things.

Fiction is about the cost of things. The plot should always somehow scar or wound the protagonist and put something valuable at risk.  Protagonists suffer. Suffering and paying heavy costs make characters relatable. I swear by these statements. Use it to guide your storytelling because it creates stakes, motivation, and tension. What will your protagonist […]

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Fiction is about the most interesting events in your protagonist’s life

If your story is not the most dramatic, intense, and difficult circumstances in your protagonist’s life, why then are you writing it?

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