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Building Tension

One of those constantly talked about pieces of writing advice is tension. Make sure your story has tension. Let the tension ebb and flow. Raise the tension. The big question a lot of advice skirts around is where tension comes from, and how you manage it. In the short term: tension comes from conflict. By… Continue reading Building Tension

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An Overview of Symbolism

There are a lot of powerful tools in literature and writing, and when you're discussing abstract themes, symbolism is absolutely one of them. If you want the dictionary definition, symbolism is using imagery, comparison and characterization to represent non-concrete themes. While that sums it up nicely however, symbolism goes a little farther than that. In… Continue reading An Overview of Symbolism