Friday, October 31, 2014

2 Essential Elements of a Scene

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 […]

The 6 Month Novel

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

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

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

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 […]

Character Arcs and Outlining

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

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 […]

One Bite at a Time

The old adage gives explicit instructions on how to eat an elephant: one bite at a time. Anne Lamont’s outstanding writing how-to book Bird by Bird follows the same line of reasoning. In fact, just about any book on the craft begs and pleads of the beginning novelist not to sit down and write a […]

Tension–the Writer’s Gorilla Glue

Well Super G is back, so I can’t talk about her like I did for the past two weeks. Most of the stuff I said wasn’t true. At least it couldn’t be proved. Speaking of tension, that’s our topic of the day. Last weekend I read Brandilyn Collins latest, That Dog Won’t Hunt. Now, I […]

Taking the Sting Out of a Bad Review So You Can Become a Better Writer

No one likes a bad review, but let’s be honest, some of what the reviewer says might hold a bit of truth, if we’re brave enough to listen. So how do you get past the sting of a bad review so you can become a better writer? Grow Thick Skin Remember your first hard critique? […]

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