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  1. Dramatize turning points: Make sure your scene has a clear turning point
  2. Employ reversals: That is one character holds more power than the other when the scene begins and that dynamic is reversed by the time the scene ends
  3. Set it up, then step back: Best time to let the reader know what the character is feeling is not during the scene itself, but before that scene begins.

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