Tough Choices: Character-Informed Dilemmas

(Photo Credit: OffGamers) Since we’re talking about choices, we are obviously talking about characters. Regardless of the genre or the specific situation, it is the character who has to make the choice. An easy choice is almost no choice at all. While the specifics change from character to character, every character will have needs and […]

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Tough Choices: Genre-informed Dilemmas

(Photo Credit: Pinterest) Since your genre has a specific focus, why not make use of this fact when brainstorming dilemmas? Every genre has built-in reader expectations for focus, issues, stye of world-building, etc. You can exploit built-in assumptions while developing touch choices for your characters. Here are three examples of what I mean… Historical fiction […]

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Bringing Subplots Back to Life

Even though I have spent my whole month doing just that, I’m having trouble articulating the steps I used. I’m going to pull up Scrivener, look at my notes, and try to reverse the process by listing 5 of the strategies that I used. Plan, plan, plan (if you’re a plotster) the subplot’s progress so […]

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Guidelines for Writing Subplots

I’m hammering out the broad shape of two big subplots in my new book. Sadly, I don’t believe that any book will help me with this. Subplots are unique to each story. But some elements are standard for subplots that span the length of most the book. Introduction. Characters may be set up in the […]

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Panster Help: Moving Forward

        Well, it is a little more than half-way through NaNoWriMo. If you chose to not write from an outline, you may be running out of ideas or running into dead ends. How do you keep moving forward and adding to your word count? Two ways are through cause/effect and worst-case scenarios.         All the […]

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Strategies to Reach 50k: Linear/ Nonlinear Approaches

      Basically, you can write a story in two ways: you can write front to back (linear) or you can skip around (nonlinear). Both approaches have their advantages and disadvantages.        The linear approach is probably what first comes to mind for a writing strategy since you read a book in a linear fashion. It […]

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Panster Help: When Your Story Stalls

If you are doing NaNoWriMo, then about now things start to slide. The story stalls as you something doesn’t pan out, you hit a dead end, or a character doesn’t work out. These problems may be especially prevalent among pansters – people who write “by the seat of their pants” instead of by an outline. […]

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Pantster Help: Moving Forward Without Plot

Some people prefer not to plot or can’t plot without loosing the drive to write. In writing lingo, this person is called a “panster” while people who prefer to plot are called “plotters”. Because they have at best has only a vague idea of where the story will go, pansters face some unique challenges. The […]

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