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Give the character a problem, no matter how small. When the character tries to solve the problem, make the attempt fail. And make it fail in such a way that things get worse. Now the character has a bigger problem. When the character tries to solve that one... To continue the story, add another try/fail cycle. To end the story, have your character put ...


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As many have suggested, there are many ways to do this. I'll ignore the problems with flashbacks and backstories for now, because I think it's going to be the same problem no matter how you choose to structure your work. You can either go for true parallelism, where both heroes are going through the same thing at the same time. So, for example, at the ...


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Dale Emery gave a great answer that I want to add to. I found that my first writings were invariably short. At that time I did not aim at a novel, I just wanted to write, so that was not a problem for me as it seems to be for you, but I found that my first ideas were short by nature. Looking back, I think that I had to grow as a writer. I had to first find ...



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