Reposted with permission. Check out all of Rick's and Scott's writing blogs at Write Well, Write to Sell


One of the topics often discussed in general writing workshops is basic story structure and the elements of a story. Let’s go over those first.

From Rick Taubold's and Scott Gamboe's Write Well, Write to Sell blog

On blog after blog about writing, writers are inundated with rules. Lately, I’ve been thinking about how much the so-called rules of good writing really matter. Thinking about that triggered another random thought.

reprinted with permission from Write Well, Write to Sell

We’ve all read a book where a seemingly random object or event will suddenly interrupt the story. This interjection is so out of place that we know it has something major to do with the plot. We spend time trying to figure out what the effect on the storyline will be... perhaps even long after we’ve put the book down for the day. And finally, we come to the end of the story, only to find that the interruption was an extraneous loose end, having nothing to do with the book.

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