quick writing tip for maintaining forward momentum

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September 19, 2013 by thefreshchuff

If you’re writing a story in a word processor, have something happen, change, or be revealed by the end of every page in your document.

When I go back over what I’ve written, I like to always make sure that, when I come to the end of every page, something has changed. We’re not just standing around talking or describing scenery. Someone has asked a question, or answered one; learned something new; seen something surprising; put on their jacket and gone somewhere else. A phone could’ve rung, or a knock comes at the door; whatever happens, by the bottom of the page, we’re further along than we were at the top.

Making sure every single page has a specific point, needs to be there, has done something to move your plot towards its conclusion, is a quick and easy way to give your story forward momentum, and give the reader a reason to keep turning pages. 

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