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ALL THE STORY STRUCTURE YOU’LL EVER NEED
Posted on August 2, 2016 by Philip Athans
I don’t avoid a lot of subjects when it comes to writing fiction, but story structure has always set me cringing a bit. Okay, yes, I teach an online course based on Lester Dent’s pulp fiction “formula,” and I’m (unfortunately) … Continue reading →
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