5 Dramatic Techniques to Transform Your Writing

Nicholas C. Rossis

cover of Dramatic Techniques for Creative Writers by Jules HorneALLi, the Alliance of Independent Authors, recently published a post on dramatic techniques by Jules Horne, author of Dramatic Techniques for Creative Writers.

With a background in scriptwriting, Jules is perfect for explaining how the dramatic techniques used in theaters and movies can power up your writing and make your storytelling bolder, more engaging, and more compelling. After all, these techniques have been test-driven for centuries in front of unforgiving live audiences, and they work!

Here are five ways you can use them to transform your fiction writing.

1.    Dramatic actions

‘Dramatic actions’ isn’t about car chases, swashbuckling and hair-raising stunts. It’s a specific term to describe the underlying objective (‘want’) that’s driving your character.

Using dramatic actions will bring greater clarity, momentum, and tension to your scenes. It will stop your characters from wandering aimlessly, by clarifying a clear, driving throughline for each moment.

You’re probably familiar…

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