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Making the Old New Again by Rebekah R. Ganiere

Posted by VampWereZombie at Dec 17, 2015 1:30 am in , ,

We are told that there are twenty plots in the world. Or maybe it’s thirteen. Or perhaps only seven, who knows? But one thing is for sure, there aren’t really any new plots. All plots have been used before. Sorry to burst your bubble but it’s true. However, the stories that accompany the plots that […]

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PLOT IS A FOUR-LETTER WORD

Posted by ehendricks at Oct 22, 2015 1:13 am in , ,

By Elysa Hendricks Let’s face it, PLOT is a four-letter word.  But what is Plot? Webster’s Dictionary defines Plot as: the arrangement of the incidents in a play, novel, or narrative poem.  Or Plotted – Plotting: to plan the action of a story. But Plot is not your story.  Plot is what happens in your […]

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Making Magic (Consistently) by J. Kathleen Cheney

Posted by Guest at Aug 31, 2015 1:02 am in , , ,

A few years ago I was watching a movie that shall remain unnamed, and in it, a priest sought to banish a witch by reading a passage from a sacred book, but the witch caused the pages to burst into flame. Near the end of that same movie, a copy of the same book was […]

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All the Bright Shiny Ideas by Amber Kallyn

Posted by Guest at Aug 13, 2015 1:09 am in , ,

I remember getting my first novel idea. It was so bright and shiny, the perfect plot and characters. I started writing, terrified I’d never have another one. Halfway through the story, when I was stuck, I glanced out the window. Strolling along the was the most beautiful, shiniest idea I’d ever seen. I jumped up, […]

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Are You a Random Writer or Deliberate? By Sally J. Walker

Posted by Guest at May 19, 2015 12:00 am in , , , ,

No two writers create story the same way.  Now, there’s a “no-brainer.”  A second generalization is “There are no new stories.”  You think the plot you are working on is innovative and fresh?  I challenge you.  Why? Because as a species we humans recycle the experience of life, the stages of living, the perennial cycle […]

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Surprise Me by Elle Keen

Posted by ekeen at Mar 29, 2015 11:55 pm in , , ,

When I was younger, nine times out of ten my father fell asleep in middle of the movie we were watching at the local theater. As a child, I couldn’t understand how it was possible. We didn’t see that many and it was before we could watch movies at will a few months after they […]

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Walking the Spooky Tight Rope

Posted by Guest at Feb 12, 2015 1:18 am in , , ,

by Shannon Donnelly When you tackle paranormal romance (or romantic suspense) you’re actually taking on TWO plotting challenges. A romance has the romance as its main plot line. That’s pretty easy to understand—the story revolves around two people who meet, who have problems, and who eventually manage to build a relationship. A paranormal (straight without […]

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Outlining: Move Your Novel from Concept to Completion

Posted by Guest at Dec 29, 2014 1:03 am in , , , ,

by Julie Anne Lindsey I’m a passionate fan of outlining, especially for novels with extensive world building and plot twists. They keep my details in order, remind me of key points and provide a roadmap for my story. If you’re having trouble pacing or plotting your novel, outlining is a great way to get the words […]

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Trilogy Triage 101 by PJ Sharon

Posted by Guest at Dec 15, 2014 1:14 am in , , , ,

Thanks so much for inviting me to share your cyber-space today. As I continue to observe the writing and publishing industry, I see that series books seem to be the way to go. “Series sell” say agents and editors. And why wouldn’t they? Readers grow attached to characters and familiar settings, and let’s face it, […]

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Pantser or Plotter … or Somewhere In Between?

Posted by Guest at Sep 11, 2014 1:09 am in , , , , , , ,

  I’m often asked whether I’m a pantser or a plotter when it comes to writing.  I’m neither … and both.   When I began my writing career, I tried to be a plotter.  I’d start my novels with pages and pages of beautifully outlined plot points and scenes. But once I got past the first […]

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