Tag : plot

Written on Jun, 01, 2015 by in , | 8 Comments.

Ever feel like you are going in circles? Sure you do. Everyone does, right? I'm the type of writer known as an outliner, which means I like to plan my whole story in advance and make detailed notes on every scene and every step of the plot, start to finish. It's the engineer in me. It gives me a framework. …

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Written on Feb, 23, 2014 by in | 5 Comments.

As a writer, I’m fairly forgiving of books that I read; fully appreciative of the long hours, sweat, anguish, mood swings and sheer number of hours required to write a book. I hope that few readers take books for granted. Writing is hard work and takes a lot of time. Knowing this, if I spot flaws in a book, I …

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Written on Jan, 27, 2014 by in | 2 Comments.

Does a plot have to have an antagonist – a villain? Do you enjoy books or movies without a villain? One of the classic plot lines for a story is a protagonist – the hero – defeating the antagonist. It’s the classic good vs. evil tale, and in most cases the hero is an underdog, someone thrust into the limelight …

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Written on Jul, 04, 2013 by in , | 3 Comments.

Today, on the morning of July 4th, my book had its own Independence Day. My book has been freed. What am I prattling on about? Let me step back a week. Last week I celebrated the completion of the first draft of my new dark fantasy novel. A major milestone, yay! I started preparing and collating my notes for all …

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Written on Jan, 27, 2013 by in | 2 Comments.

Well, all right, not the real world, just the world I am currently writing about in my second book. “Oh,” you say, disregarding the whole thing, but for an author this is a big deal. When it comes to planning, there are two types of authors: “Pansters”, so called because they write by the seat of their pants. They have …

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Written on Mar, 12, 2012 by in | 1 Comment.

I recently reached one of the many milestones that budding authors stumble across, the realization that even after completing our first book, we have only set foot on the long road to learning our craft. I see accomplished authors nodding their heads. I also see writers on their first book staring at me in terror. Say what now? You mean …

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