Sunday, August 2, 2015

Plot: Series of Scenes

July 30, 2015 by  
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There are many different ways a writer plots–you could say it’s an individual thing. I think as writers we listen and learn about the various techniques that work for others, then we incorporate what works for us–sometimes through trial and error. Some don’t plot at all, but write by what some people have called by […]

The Role of the Synopsis When Submitting

July 28, 2015 by  
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Why do I need to cut a synopsis? While I haven’t talked to every editor and agent on the planet, the majority of the ones I’ve spoken to prefer a 2-3 page synopsis. However, every editor is different. One editor will want a one-page synopsis, another will want an extensive chapter-by-chapter synopsis. In my experience, […]

How Do You Get Published?

July 23, 2015 by  
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When I attended my 15-year high school reunion recently, the number one question I was asked was, “How do you get published?” or “How do I get published?” Most of my classmates knew that I just had my first book released, Real Women Scrap: Create the Life and Layouts You’ve Always Wanted, (http://www.realwomenscrap.com) and wanted […]

Querying With an Unfinished Manuscript

July 21, 2015 by  
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AS A FIRST TIME AUTHOR, should you finish your manuscript before you query an editor? I have been asked this question by all kinds of hopeful writers, and the answer is, sorry Kids, but yes. I know, I know. I’m not exactly the most experienced “published” novelist on the block. After all, my book isn’t […]

Basic Plotting Tips

July 16, 2015 by  
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When we are talking about a plot, I am compelled to say: SHOW DON’T TELL. You might study some of your favorite movies. A movie has to show you what is going on. It’s the nature of the beast. Also, while you’re at it, study books on your keeper shelf to see what that author […]

Your Hero’s Goal

July 16, 2014 by  
Filed under Blog, Featured, Fiction

I’ve been spending the month of October preparing for NaNoWriMo. Without a plan, you could easily waste 50,000 words next month. I’ve been going into detail over at my personal blog–www.RonEstradaBooks.com. I’ll hit the main points here. Today, we’ll discuss your hero’s goal. First, let’s review: You should have, by now, developed the backbone of […]

2 Essential Elements of a Scene

July 15, 2014 by  
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The characters of Breaking Bad have different goals…this creates conflict! If you’ve been following along with my NaNoPlotMo method of plotting, or even if you haven’t, eventually you have to write the scenes. Be excited! This is the fruition of your labor. Now you’re free to create without fear of missing some key story element. If you […]

State Your Theme

July 14, 2014 by  
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A lot of things have to happen in the first twenty pages of your novel. You’re busy introducing characters, setting, smashing that perfect opening line (stop it…It’s not as important as everyone says). But there is something often overlooked by writers. That is the statement of your theme. The Story Question The Theme and Story […]

The 6 Month Novel

January 23, 2014 by  
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We’re here! Due to technical difficulties, we didn’t get off to a quick start after the new year. But we’re here now. And we’ve got a lot planned! Writer…Interrupted is taking a new approach. While we’ll still have some inspirational moments, we’re going to focus more on getting the job done. How do you, the […]

A Novelist’s Movie Review: Catching Fire

December 3, 2013 by  
Filed under Blog, Writing Tips

Catching Fire, the second part to The Hunger Games trilogy, opened last week just in time for the big Thanksgiving movie rush. Of particular interest to writers is the big question of how to treat the middle part of a trilolgy. While not the focus here, I always stand on two rules when it comes […]

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