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David Gane
David Gane

The other questions I ask:

  • How so?
  • How do we know?
  • Why?
  • Who?
  • When did this happen?
  • Whose story is this?

Storytelling needs an ounce of clarity. The more readers understand the easier it is for them to follow along.

Yes, you can obscure—especially if the situation is unclear. But not because you're being sneaky and tricking the reader. They deserve better than that.

And definitely don't obscure because you don't know. If a reader is taking the time and energy to read your story, you can take the time to find the answer.

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Co-writer of the Shepherd and Wolfe young adult mysteries, the internationally award-winning series, and teacher of storytelling and screenwriting.