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Your Hero’s Goal

July 16, 2014 by  
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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– 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  
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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 […]

Watching a Movie with a Purpose

November 26, 2013 by  
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This week kicks off the big movie season for Hollywood. Thanksgiving weekend will launch some of the biggest flicks of the year. In fact, Catching Fire, part two of the Hunger Games trilogy, has already opened. It’s on my “to see” list this week. As a writer, though, you shouldn’t just sit and watch these […]

The Mid-Point Moment

October 1, 2013 by  
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Your novel’s midpoint is often compared to the center pole on a circus tent. Without it, you get a long, sagging middle supported only by the first and second plot points, which are too far apart to hold your reader’s attention. Larry Brooks, author of Story Engineering, suggest the midpoint be a revealing, or lifting […]

Your 5-Point Outline

September 3, 2013 by  
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As some of you may have surmised, I have recently converted fully into the camp of the planner\plotter. As a recovering panster, I feel it is my duty to immerse my fellow WIers into the world of planning. I understand this will be a shock to some of your systems, so I’ll begin in the […]

Character Arcs and Outlining

August 19, 2013 by  
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Lately Super G and I have been engaged in a bloody battle to the death* over whether or not we should plot and outline our novels before typing “Chapter 1.” I have now written 4 novels, mostly with the SOP method. Oh, there were notes and I had a good idea where I was headed, […]

Read to be Published

August 12, 2013 by  
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To pick up on the theme that Super G laid down yesterday, I wanted to talk about our reading strategy. Yes, I said strategy. If you’re the typical writer…interrupted, you personally know at least a dozen published authors. You also have a spouse and friends who say, “Oh you have to read this…” Now, I […]

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