The Venn Diagram Stage of Writing

by Elisabeth Sharp McKetta I’ve long had good luck dividing writing into distinct stages and forcing them not to mingle: first there is the brainstorm stage (usually takes place on hikes or in the shower, but occasionally in the middle of the night when I wake to feed the baby). […]

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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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Five Scenes Every Romance Novel Needs

Romance gets a bad rap as being formulaic, and it isn’t. At least no more so than any other popular fiction genre. What romance and other genre novels do that I think gets them this label is fulfill reader expectations. That, in my opinion, is a good thing. So what […]

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Ten Steps to Fill Plot Holes

Use these 10 tips for identifying and filling plot holes.

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How to Write a Romance

Contrary to what some people seem to think, writing a romance is no easier than writing any other type of book. In fact, if writing romance and relationships doesn’t come naturally to you, it may be harder than writing any other type of book. Writing a straight-up romance where there […]

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