WRITING TIP: There are no new plots. What you do with your characters and plot is what makes your story unique.

Writing Tip: There are no new plots. How you build the plot and develop the characters is what draws the reader. Before you begin, sketch a chapter by chapter outline to determine where the story will go. If you don’t do that ahead of time the characters will take over and write their own story and you won’t have a clue where it will end.

A 2,000 word story should contain two main characters and one or two supporting characters. That’s all. Find great names for them later and use working names and a working title to begin. Set a regular time to write every day – even if it’s only 15 minutes.

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