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A Finished Outline!

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 to spend months on a rough draft only to fizzle...

Gaining Confidence

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 up at an...

Finding Conflict

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 painstakingly crafted sequence but it’s unlikely...

From Roots to Snowflakes

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 to “note” that? Really?) I have one novel under my...

Branching Out

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 at my “finished” family...