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Building with Blocks

Making a Scene: A Practical Planning Method for Your Story’s Building Blocks

When I stumbled through my first manuscript eleven years ago, I didn’t know much about scenes. I didn’t know much about writing a book, come to think of it, but the best way to learn is to just do it. (And, of course, read up on the subject at places […]

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Putting the Pope in the Pool or Adding Fun to Boring Information.

One of my favorite writing books of all time is Save the Cat by Blake Snyder. Save the Cat is actually a book for screenwriters, but is every bit as useful for fiction writers. In Save the Cat, Snyder offers many tips, but one of the best and in my […]

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Disaster and Dilemma, an Author’s Best Friends or How to End a Chapter

What is the biggest mistake writers make? Being too easy on their character and their readers. That’s right; to write a successful book that people want to read and KEEP reading you can’t be nice. Nice is boring. You have to torture your characters, never letting things go too well […]

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Scenes Anything but Basic, Article Four – Build Impact with Sequence

Article Four in Scenes, Anything but Basic by Lori Devoti, a  How To Write Fiction Series. So far we’ve talked about what scene is, both as many think of it and as Dwight Swain defines it in Techniques of the Selling Writer. We’ve also gone over the importance of sequel […]

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Scenes Anything but Basic, Article Three- Show Some Motivation with Sequel

Article Three in Scenes, Anything but Basic by Lori Devoti, a  How To Write Fiction Series. Sequel Defined: (Swain, Techniques of the Selling Writer) “A sequel is a unit of transition that links two scenes….It sets forth your focal character’s reaction to the scene just completed, and provides him with […]

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