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Monthly Archives: October 2013
Have you ever had a conversation with someone who wasn’t actually there? You’re keyed up and you want to unload. You talk to them—maybe out loud, maybe in your head. You tell them a thing or two. Then, in real … Continue reading
Many stories start out with a simple question: What if…? As we develop our stories, we ask ourselves this question time and again. We complicate our plots. We build our worlds. We intrigue our readers… Is it enough?
We make mistakes. We piss off our audience. Often, we can’t go back and fix it without making things worse. What do you do? Well, what do you do in real life? Because, whether the story is real or not, … Continue reading
Have you ever watched a movie or a television or read a book and thought, “They should have…” Has what “should have been” ever haunted your mind waking and sleeping? Have you ever been passionate about someone else’s story, only … Continue reading
The trailer you are about to watch was one of the “promoted” trailers that came up when I typed in “book trailer 2013.” I’m glad it was. Watch to see why: As you undoubtedly saw, this trailer has everything a … Continue reading
I’m not talking about selling out. I advocate against that. I am certainly not talking about selling your soul to the devil. I adamantly and vehemently argue against that! I’m talking about selling a little bit of your soul to … Continue reading
Maybe it’s just me, but I tend to prefer to write my fast-paced scenes very quickly. Unfortunately, while it seems exciting as I’m writing it, when I go back to read the passage it’s a mess. So, I’ve gotten in … Continue reading
Puzzles are usually associated with mysteries and thrillers, but the puzzle metaphor works just as well for story components. The primary difference is that puzzle pieces usually aren’t interchangeable. While writing stories, we can pick and choose puzzle pieces from … Continue reading