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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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Character Question: Do You Know Me?

Posted by Guest at Feb 2, 2015 9:02 am in , , , ,

by Sally J. Walker In “My Fair Lady” Professor Henry Higgins, Linguist Extraordinaire, proclaimed he could identify a person’s origins right down to country, region and city just by listening to the person.  There is an essential truth to that concept that fiction writers need to learn and practice.  However, there are many influences on […]

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Combating Elitism By Sally J. Walker

Posted by Guest at Aug 28, 2014 1:12 am in , , ,

I wrote my first short story in the First Grade then my first play in Third Grade.  The summer before Sixth Grade I pounded away on a melodramatic western novel.  Actually, it turned out to be more of a novella at almost 42,000 words.  Quite predictably it was a western and, surprisingly, a sweet romance. I had read […]

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Be Accountable … to Yourself

Posted by Guest at Jan 9, 2014 1:24 am in , , , , ,

  Jack London reputedly locked himself in a room for three days and came out with the completed manuscript of CALL OF THE WILD.  His family was destitute with no food in the house.  He was motivated by desperation.  I know of a struggling screenwriter who devotes a Friday evening through Monday morning to the first […]

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SPIN ME A WEB by author Sally J. Walker

Posted by Guest at Dec 16, 2012 9:00 am in , , , , , , , ,

  Instinct dictates to a spider how a web must be constructed. Hm, if it were only that easy to spin the plot of a novel!   In January, I will take participants on the journey of learning the signposts that anchor a plot’s web and the principles that link the novel’s words into a fascinating […]

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