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Especially for Writers

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Deep Antagonist Characterization

I got pulled aside at a recent conference by someone who was agonizing over her story idea. We talked about it—she had a great idea, just didn’t quite know how to execute it. We discussed plot, ending, characters. The way … Continue reading

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Studying Under Maass (Part 1)

If you ever have an opportunity to go to a session with New York literary agent Donald Maass, let me suggest you tote at least one manuscript idea and something with which to take copious notes. I don’t take notes on the … Continue reading

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Writing Goals to Strive For

Remember this from a few weeks ago? I love it, not just for the idea it presents, but also for the way it presents that idea. It’s new, different, and original, and I wish I’d been clever enough to write … Continue reading

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Writing Again

Remember this mug from last Friday? I want it. It serves a dual purpose–it would announce to whomever may care that I’m writing again and, if I’m not writing again, it would serve as a constant reminder that I’m supposed … Continue reading

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Stop with the Tears!

I’m drowning in salt water. In everything I’ve read these days, I’ve come across tears. Sad tears, happy tears, sentimental tears. Single tears, rivers of tears. Dampness, wetness. Welling, trailing, trickling down. Men, women, heroes, heroines, protagonists, antagonists — they all … Continue reading

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Outline Effectively

I read two novels recently, one right after the other. Both were apparently outlined, but only one read seamlessly all the way through. Why? Because the first author seemed to outline only the events to take place in the book. I could … Continue reading

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Readers are Forgiving

Writers have rules. They may not be carved in stone; they can be bent, broken, circumvented, but they’re still general guidelines that we’re supposed to follow. Generally. For the most part, readers don’t know this. They know what genre they … Continue reading

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Especially for Writers

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