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conflict in a story

Conflict in a Story 101: What is Conflict in a Story? Types of Conflicts and Conflict Examples

What is Conflict in a Story? The motherless character named Mia wants to study further and become a scientist. But her drunkard father threatens her to either sell her off to an Arab Sheikh or marry her off to an elderly man with a son of her own age. Now Mia has to figure out …

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Short Story 101: Plot, Structure, And A Collection of Best Short Stories

Do you wish to try your hand at writing a short story? You are at the right place. This article, besides providing you with suggestions on how to structure a short story, will also offer short story collections to delve right into.  A kind of short story collection that will give you the confidence of …

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What is Character Development

What is Character Development: 5 Tips for Writing Great Characters

Any great story is not just a story of major events, immense struggles, and a happy ending. It becomes great because of those major events happening to the characters, their struggles, their actions, and their resolutions. Exciting twists and turns in the story can make the story interesting and engaging to read, but the characters …

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What is Poetry- A Brief Insight into the Poetic Vastness

‘furor poetics’ was the term the ancient Greeks used to describe poetry as ‘divine fury’. And through centuries, poetry has continued to bemuse the humankind, by the beauty of its metaphors, symbolizing, the concrete words, or even the abstract sentences.  Poetry is what comes to a poet without warning, and the poet paints it in …

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Literary Devices Examples

17+ Powerful Literary Devices (With Examples) to Embellish Your Writing

A few years ago, when my creative writing teacher was explaining the use of literary devices in novels or poems, she showed us this picture: Yes, that’s a before-and-after shot of a movie scene — a fantastic example of special effects (SFX) and visual effects (VFX) in cinematography.  So, the tutor asked us to look …

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Gustatory Imagery: Show Don’t Tell Examples

Gustatory Imagery: 80+ Show Don’t Tell Examples

If you’re a writer or you’ve studied creative writing, chances are you’ve come across the expression ‘Show, Don’t Tell.’ In literature and poetry, this is called ‘Imagery’ — the use of different expressions and figurative language to evoke a sensory experience in the reader.  What is Sensory Imagery in Literature? When authors use the imagery …

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Show Don’t Tell Examples

50+ Show Don’t Tell Examples for Olfactory Imagery:

As a new writer, we almost always fall victim to the situation where we ‘tell’ too much and ‘show’ too less; our writing is too narrative but far less depictive.  ‘Show, don’t tell’ is one of the most common (sometimes, over-emphasized) rules in fiction writing. And yet, it is neglected.  Check this info-graphic if you’re …

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