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Imagining Your Story Arc

If you've got a short story whose first draft is tentatively completed, it can feel like you're holding a piece of Swiss cheese. There's a structure there, but it's full of holes. When I complete a first draft, I'm often already aware of some missing pieces, whether it's scenes or much-needed character development, but I think it's important to push through to the end and follow the story's momentum. So just look away from those Swiss cheese bits; for now, we're going to tackle the overall story arc. (Read more »)

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