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The biggest plot mistake
"Show don't tell" can mislead you. This is the biggest plotting problem I see in the stories of almost all aspiring writers: there just isn't enough narration. And as a result, the reader has no idea what is happening. The good news: as soon as you start fixing this problem, your storytelling will take a huge step forward.
Tools of great storytelling
A lot of plotting advice is not actually that helpful: it describes the effects that a successful book has on a reader. And that's useful to know! But when we are trying to write stories, we need to know how to build those effects, page by page. Without a precise, clear toolkit, writers tend to lose focus, adding in unnecessary elements, or start revising endlessly in an attempt to feel more confident about their tale.
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