Tag Archives: novel writing

Seven Point Story Structure, the Ninja of the Writing World

I had the chance to tune in to Dan Wells series of YouTube videos on seven point story structure and learned a lot about the finer points of its ins and outs.  It really is the ninja of the writing … Continue reading

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Insubordinate little devils, um I mean Clauses

As much as I would love this to be a awesome short story about rebel Santas (insubordinate clauses, get it? Oh forget it.), we’ re actually diving into that dense and unforgivable jungle that is Grammarland. Today’s Topic: Subordinate Clauses … Continue reading

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Being Flexible – The Next Best Thing to Being Regular

One of the most repeated bits of advice I’ve heard floating around the writing world is to create a schedule for your writing and then stick to it. Having a schedule and a fixed time dedicated to writing mean exactly … Continue reading

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Take Your Characters Somewhere Interesting

One of the larger drawbacks about writing fantasy is that the settings must be created.  Unless you are writing historical fantasy or  steampunk, the places where your story unfolds simply do not exist in the real world.  While this opens … Continue reading

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Why do I write? and the “Seed of Light” Award

Lately there have been a lot of writers posting their declarations of why they write on their blogs and other social media.  Not to be one to shun trends, I think it’s a splendid idea to pin down the real … Continue reading

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Elevator Pitching to Relatives

Not many people outside of the internet know that writing is what I do to stay sane.  This weekend a close member of my family asked what the book I’m writing is all about. My reply went something like this: … Continue reading

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Guest Post: “An Editor’s Advice to a Young Writer” by Carole Waterhouse

I have a rare treat for Feature Friday today –  this post is the official kick off for the official print and ebook release of The Tapestry Baby by Carole Waterhouse!  To celebrate Carole is giving away free ebooks starting … Continue reading

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So you want to write a novel?

A big thanks to Rik over at Uphill Writing for featuring this brilliant little clip on his blog.  It captures what many non-writers think about the novel writing industry in a funny, intelligent way that will tickle anyone’s funny bone.  … Continue reading

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Discussion: Real vs. Imaginary Settings

After creating characters and piecing together a great story, the next important step is creating a believable setting.  Since I usually work in fantasy, I’ve never had to face the problem of using a real setting versus a created one.  … Continue reading

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Phase One of Editing Done!

I am happy to announce that last night I finished phase one of editing my book, Stonebearer’s Betrayal.  This includes checking the following: Concept integrity Continuity/timeline problems Point of view voice issues Character individuality Need for filler sections Obviously painful … Continue reading

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