That Lovin’ Feeling

Putting Emotions on the Page by Sylvie Kurtz That Lovin’ Feeling That lovin’ feeling, that feel-good buzz is why readers love romance. People read stories for the emotional journey they hope to experience. If she’s reading a romance, the reader wants the illusion that she’s falling in love. If he’s reading a thriller, the reader…

Motivation

The Why of Story by Sylvie Kurtz Motivation “Intense desire is the foundation of all achievement,” I read recently in an article. Now the article talked about weight loss, but this statement could also apply to a good story. Intense desire is the foundation of an interesting character and a gripping conflict. Start with the…

Conflict

Where’s the Meat? by Sylvie Kurtz Conflict Conflict, according to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, means to strike together; fight, battle, war; competitive or opposing action of incompatibles; antagonistic state or action; mental struggle resulting from incompatible or opposing needs, drives, wishes, or external or internal demands. In other words, conflict shows up as anything but neat…

Pacing for Impact

by Sylvie Kurtz Pacing for Impact Pacing refers to speed and rhythm of a story.  Every novel will have different requirements.  A romance will unfold more slowly than an action-adventure story.  But even in a romance, you don’t want things to slow down so much they sputter.  And an action-adventure that rushes along at breakneck…

Decisions

Revving the Story Engine by Sylvie Kurtz Decisions A story contains many decisions points.  But three main decision points serve as your story’s engine, revving it on.  These occur around the first quarter of the book, midway through, and the three-quarter mark of the story, before the big finale.  Whether decisions drive actions or actions…