Category Archives: Plotting

Plot Flowcharts

There are probably hundreds of different ways to organize a plot line but when I saw this I knew I had to share it.  The creative minds at XKCD have created a movie narrative chart that is as useful as … Continue reading

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The Art of Finishing

I hope that I’m the only one who struggles to find the perfect way to end a chapter.  If I’m right then all you lovely people will jump to my rescue and teach me the trick.  It’s not just ending … Continue reading

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Intensity Rollercoaster

I’ve been thinking about the pacing in my manuscript and am curious what everyone’s thoughts are when it comes to using high intensity moments.  When I say high intensity I mean life or death situations,  thrilling fight scenes,  dramatic breakups, … Continue reading

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The Power of Assumption

What does it mean to be unassuming, or assuming for that matter?  My first thought is to equate assuming to judgmental.  A judgmental person will make statements based on what they assume they understand about a situation or person.  When … Continue reading

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Asking the “Write” Questions

I’m up to my eyeballs in editing and revision. As much as I would like to say things are going smoothly; the truth is, the process is dragging me through the mud. While writing the rough draft I didn’t worry … Continue reading

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Toyota Recalls and the Placebo Effect

It is a medically proven fact that a placebo can cause physical changes.  When someone believes that the pretend pill will help, be it with insomnia or weight loss, a change happens in the brain.  It actually creates its own … Continue reading

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Happy St. Patricks Day!

When creating a story, especially one that leans on any part of history to further the plot, it might be useful to have special days, such as saint days, or festivals marking important dates.  It adds richness and tradition to … Continue reading

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Movie Review: Ponyo

The latest film by writer, director, and producer Hayao Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli, Ponyo is delightful and beautiful.  My kids have watched it non-stop for the last two days which makes it the new favorite since ‘Cars’.  Compared to the … Continue reading

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Action vs. Reaction

Every little thing we do is either an action we have chosen or a reaction to an event or situation.  EVERYTHING.  When we choose to act we are in control, when we are forced to react we are not.  Our … Continue reading

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Meet the Characters

It’s time to start disclosing some juicy manuscript tidbits!  Today we will meet a few of the secondary cast members featured in my manuscript. First we meet Bremin, portrayed here by Jeremy Irons.  He works as an informant to the … Continue reading

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