One Simple Tool To Improve Your Story

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One Simple Tool To Improve Your Story

This is a great blog for us writers to get us to thinking about our characters. DeAnna talks about using a relationship map. Have you ever used one? I certainly haven’t. Enjoy

DeAnna Ross

Relationship Map A lovely relationship map (very funny btw) done by Noelle Stevenson, pick it up at: http://www.inprnt.com/gallery/gingerhaze/fellowship-relationship-map/

Relationships are at the heart of fiction and life.  They are what make our own lives have value and make a book worth reading.  Sometimes it can be tempting to remove road blocks such as misunderstandings and failure to see eye to eye on things from between your protagonist and his/her sidekicks, mentors, etc.

However, in doing so we really do a disservice to our stories because at the heart of all stories isn’t just relationships… there’s also conflict.  Our character’s problems and how we do or don’t deal with them are how we keep a story going and our readers reading.  Do you know what you call two characters without conflict of some kind?  “Happily Ever After” or “The End.”  That’s right, the story is done between them.

So, conflict between even the…

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I am a retired RN enjoying my retirement to the fullest. I like adventure and travel and making friends. I have 6 dogs and 1 cats. They are like having a house full of three years olds. They are a large part of my life and I can't imagine them not being around. I spend most of my time sitting in front of my computer working on my latest book or talking about Essential Oils. On the personal side, I'm married to a wonderful man who spoils me and I love it. I am very much a country girl. I love living on our 5 acres on Pole Cat Creek watching the deer and other animals occasionally stick their​ heads out of the trees. It's a fun life.

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