Manuscript Essentials Series Blog Archives Blog Archives Select Month July 2019 (1) June 2019 (3) May 2019 (2) March 2019 (1) February 2019 (7) January 2019 (1) Manuscript Essentials Writing is hard. Don’t get me wrong—anyone can do it. But very few can craft a great novel without help. Elements of Conflict Conflict is a byproduct of adding multiple ingredients together in just the right way. Creating Living People How exactly does one create living people? The first step is through dialogue. Character Goals The heart of every story is that a character has an important goal, but something stands in the way. The Rhythm of Setting One of the most common problems beginning writers face is how to handle setting description.