Deus ex Machina: Plot Devices to Avoid


Sometimes while we’re tied up in our characters (or tying up our characters), lost in our plot, and furiously racing to the end of our stories, we don’t realize that somewhere along the way…we’ve hit a wall.

That terrifying, mile-high wall blocking the story that us writers stare open-mouthed gaping at. But, the wall stares back, demanding to know: “What’s next?”

Today we’re going to talk about what to avoid when we reach that wall. The devices that serve to weaken the intricate plots we’ve worked so hard to create. Let’s begin!

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Writing Romance: Sex Scenes


After hundreds of pages of plot build up (okay, maybe more like eight or nine), we’ve finally arrived at that crucial moment. Things are hot and heavy, these characters can’t keep their hands off of each other, and you could cut that sexual tension with a knife.

What now?

Today, we’ll delve deep into the heart of any romance and explore the more intimate details of what can turn a good sex scene into a great one.

Let’s begin!

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