Tag Archives: James Scott Bell

Revisions: Transforming Sand into Castles

For authors, this is one of the most encouraging quotes around, along with all the ones that remind us our first draft is supposed to be imperfect. Rough. Bird-cage worthy. As professional authors know, you can’t edit a blank page. … Continue reading

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Structuring Your Novel

Look what I got in the mail! Structuring Your Novel,  another excellent manual by the remarkable Katie Weiland! And guess what?! She dedicated it to — well, the Lord first, which makes perfect sense, but then to me! Brought tears to … Continue reading

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charisma or charism  (kəˈrɪzmə, ˈkærɪzəm) — n 1. a special personal quality or power of an individual making him capable of influencing or inspiring large numbers of people 2. a quality inherent in a thing which inspires great enthusiasm and devotion Even the World English Dictionary can’t provide a concrete definition of charisma–it’s a “quality” or “power.” It’s that thing that makes someone magnetic, alluring, “star-quality.” Finding an illustration for it was difficult this morning, because … Continue reading

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The Objective of Bell’s LOCK–Expanded

I’ve been working on Give the Lady a Ride’s  rewrite, and step one was reading this book by James Scott Bell. Bell has two books in the Write Great Fiction Series. The other is Plot & Structure where he introduces … Continue reading

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Give the Lady a Ride–the Rewrite

Lately I’ve been haunted by a phrase I remember reading somewhere: “The first draft of a book is the author telling himself the story.” For anyone who writes, especially us seat-of-the-pansters, that sentence ought to be forefront in our minds–we … Continue reading

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