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A Finished Outline!
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Last post I gave Kristen Lamb kudos for introducing me to James Scott Bell's LOCK system. Applying the LOCK system to my seed idea gave me the confidence to dedicate months of hard work to my seed idea. (Who wants...
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Gaining Confidence
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World Wide Web = system of interlinked hypertext documents accessed via the Internet Isn't it neat when those interlinked documents lead you somewhere interesting, and not only that help you shave untold hours off a potentially grueling task? I ended...
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Finding Conflict
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Without conflict there is no story. Both new and seasoned writers hear this at the beginning of many a writing workshop. A story where everyone gets along is no story, but merely a sequence of words. It may be a...
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From Roots to Snowflakes
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I have a page full of characters. I know their birth dates and their names. Now I need to make them interesting. Ack! (She runs screaming.) I should note here that I am no expert. (Heh heh. Did I need...
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Branching Out
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Last week I shared my main character's family tree in all its scribbled glory. If you'll notice, there's an asterisk on the bottom left and next to it the list: ages names short backstory on each As I sat staring...
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Forming the Roots
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As I mentioned at the end of my last post, I ran out of steam as I was filling in my "beat sheets" because my story idea didn’t include enough conflict and I had no idea who my characters were...
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Growing a Novel
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Since I'm done growing a baby, I thought I'd move on to growing a novel, cultivated specifically for the little munchkin. (Who knows, maybe it will fund his college? Pipe dream?) I also thought it might be neat if I...
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Show and Tell
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I’ve been on the subject of showing versus telling for the last few weeks. Today, I’ve decided to play show and tell with my novel, The Exception. As I mentioned in a previous post, I struggled a bit with characterization...
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Novels Are Not Movies
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Last Monday I talked about showing versus telling and how the phrase “show, don’t tell” has led to an overuse of showing in modern fiction. Young writers, eager to hone their craft, grasp onto the advice like a knife and...
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