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A 9-Step Plotting Path to a Stronger Novel – By Ann Harth…

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on Fiction University:

There are as many ways to plot as there are to write.

There are many methods of developing a plot for a children’s story. I’ve tried dozens. If you don’t count cramping in the lotus position and waiting for the muse to strike, most of these have worked to a degree. But not one gave me the consistent technique I wanted. I finally came up with a visualization that works for me – a plotting path. It’s straightforward, simple and makes me laugh, which is desperately needed at the plotting stage of my writing

The plotting path is based on one specific premise: your relationship with your main character. It will not always be sunny, but love them, respect them and, above all, challenge then. The objective is to make them work for the dubious honor of playing the main role in your story.

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Quick Writing and Editing Tips – Transitions #Writing #Editing

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Transitions are used to:

  • Change time
  • Change location
  • Change character viewpoint
  • To skip unimportant time periods or events

So how do you use transitions skilfully?

  • Start a new chapter – this easily lets your reader know the narrative has moved on
  • If you’re changing scene/time/viewpoint  within a chapter use a physical sign like ***** centred on the page, or double space and then don’t indent the first line of your next paragraph.
  • Keep it short and simple – ‘that night’, ‘the next day’.
  • Jump right in – rather than say: ‘When Linda arrived at the coffee shop the next morning’ go for ‘Linda slid into the booth and took a sip of her latte’. We know where and when Linda is straight away.

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13 things that might be holding you back as a writer – by Edie Melson…

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on The Write Conversation:

Choosing to be a writer can be a daunting prospect. It involves courage, creativity, and yes, commitment. When we’re unwilling to make that commitment, we can destine ourselves to failure before we’ve had a chance to succeed.
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This post isn’t meant to beat anyone up, but rather to make us aware of some of the things holding us back on our writing journey.

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Get Moving: 5 Fitness Goals for Writers – by Debra Eckerling…

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on Writers on the Move:

A lot of people see fitness – working out – as a necessary evil. That first part is correct.
Fitness relates to your physical, mental, and spiritual well-being. But, let’s face it, working out, has a positive impact on all three.
The truth is, personal and professional goals are forever intertwined, Feel good and you are more productive at work. When work goes well, typically so does your personal life.
As writers, our default mode is sitting at the computer. But it doesn’t have to be.
Having trouble committing time and energy to a regular workout?

Here are 5 fitness goals for writers:

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Don’t over-explain “default” objects and gestures – by Nathan Bransford…

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When novels are bloated with an excessive word count, the extra words are often where you’d least expect them.

In fact, when I’m editing, I often find that very long novels are among the most tightly plotted. The authors know the word count is a problem, so they trim all the extra scenes and streamline the storytelling.

So how do these novels still end up way too long?

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Black Cat Appreciation Day

Jeanne Owens, author

As someone who’s proud to have been owned by a black cat, I want to wish everyone a happy Black Cat Appreciation Day.

Black cats sadly are still struggling to get out from under the veil of superstition they’ve been under for many, many years. But those of us who have been lucky enough to have had black cats in our lives know how great and loving they really can be.

For those of you who may not be aware, here are a few reasons black cats are so great:

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This post is in honor of my angel Shadow

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3 Mistakes To Avoid with Your Side Characters – by Sach Black…

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On Writers Helping Writers:

Everybody loves their heroes, some people even love their villains. But it’s a rare author that actively loves and spends equal time on their side characters.

Sure, some of them are fun to write, but they’re not who the story is about, which is why so many of them are simply slapped on and ill-thought out.

Today, I’m going to help you combat that by giving you three mistakes to avoid when creating your side characters.

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3 Mixed-Up Writing Goofs You Might Be Making – By Aly Brown…

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on Fiction University:

Using the wrong word in our writing is not only embarrassing, but can hurt our novel’s chances at success.

As the editor of a newspaper, I come across common writing mistakes in my day-to-day work. I’m not talking about the improper use of they’re, their and there. I’m talking about some under-the-radar mistakes that many people make — even some of my seasoned reporters and the professionals who write press releases. Mistakes like writing “for all intensive purposes” when it should be “for all intents and purposes.”

After mocking a colleague for one such mistake, I created a doodle of a chicken to help him understand the difference between lay and lie (and all of its messy present/past/past participle BS). Pretty soon, my desk was full of chicken doodles and a sign that read “Please refer to the chicken for all your grammar needs.”

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How Do Self-Published Authors Get an Agent? – By Amy Collins…

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on New Shelves:

If you are thinking about getting an agent and you already have a book published by a self-publishing company, what are your options?

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