Writing Effective Storytelling Sidebars


Here is another great post from Dan Alatorre’s blog on the use of sidebars in your writing

Dan Alatorre

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Using my unreleased manuscript An Angel On Her Shoulder, I am showing you my techniques for reworking a story into a more readable, more enjoyable piece. It’s 45+ lessons in about 31 days. (To start at Chapter 1, click HERE.)

To view it best, bring up the two versions in different windows and see them side by side and see what was changed.

Then give me your thoughts in the comment section.

SIDEBARS (also known Side Roads, or as, wait, what just happened?)

If your reader trusts you – and after 15 chapters they do or they would have bailed out a long time ago – you can do a lot of things. You have to be telling a good story, but you can take occasional trips down the side roads and explore the scenery there for a while. The goal of a side road or sidebar

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