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Lester Dent's Short Story Forumula
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Thursday, June 3
The Structure of a Horror: The Setting
Setting and Horror Certain things are true for all settings. If you want a sense of claustrophobic threat then small enclosed dark spaces ar...
Tuesday, June 1
The Structure of a Horror: The Protagonist
I’ve been thinking about horror stories, about what elements are common to the genre. I had intended to do this all in one post, but it has ...
Saturday, May 15
The Structure of Genre: Analyzing story structure by genre
I’ve been on a journey of sorts over the past decade. I wanted to understand--intellectually, but also on a blood and bone level--the elemen...
Saturday, May 8
Lester Dent's Short Story Structure: 3 Elements of a Great Story Opening
Let’s talk about strong story openings. I’ve been writing a series of blog posts on Lester Dent’s Short Story Structure and realized that ...
Tuesday, April 27
Lester Dent's Short Story Fiction Formula: The Plan
This post is part of a series on Lester Dent’s method for writing a short story . You might think: Why should I care? Well, all the short st...
Thursday, April 22
Lester Dent's Short Story Fiction Formula: Introduction
In previous posts I’ve written about Lester Dent’s short story formula . Lester Dent was perhaps the best of the pulp-fiction writers of th...
Sunday, April 18
How to Write a Genre Story: Character Introduction: Empathy
The end goal of character creation, the Holy Grail, is for your reader to feel empathy for your character. Jim Butcher writes: “...if you c...
Monday, April 12
How to Write a Genre Story: Character Introduction: Verisimilitude
This post continues my mini-series about how to introduce a character. I’ve already written about Exaggeration, Unusual Position and introdu...
Saturday, April 10
How to Write a Genre Story: Character Introduction: Characteristic Entry Action
Introductions are important. Do you remember the first time you introduced your Significant Other to a parent? There are few things in life...
Tuesday, April 6
How to Write a Genre Story: Character Introduction: Unusual Position
Today I continue my series on how to create a memorable character. In my last post ( How to Write a Genre Story: Character Introduction: Ex...
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