Saturday, September 20, 2014

Organizing Schedules So You Can Find More Time to Write

As writers it’s easy to make excuses not to write, but add a busy family and back to school schedules, and it seems like squeezing in writing time is impossible. The key to finding writing time is getting organized and intentional about your “free time” no matter how much or little you have. But first […]

Are There Angels Among Us?

Photo Courtesy Flickr Creative Commons and gacabo We’ve always been a little obsessed by angels. And why not? Of all the characters in the bible, angels are the most common, yet the least understood. They are usually sent as God’s messengers. The angel Gabriel told Mary that she’d give birth to Jesus. The angel Michael […]

Your Hero’s Goal

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

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

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 […]

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