Time-Saving Tactics: Try Half-Drafts

By Alina Chase       When all you’re trying to do is capture thoughts,  develop ideas and explore possibilities, why restrict yourself to sentences, paragraphs and chapters?  Nothing will bring your train of thought to a screeching halt faster than stopping to ponder a comma or word choice or sentence structure. If you scribble and draw […]

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When NOT to Start the Book With Conflict

Who Brings A Knife To A Gun Fight? (Photo credit: Cayusa) Actually, I can think of some downsides to opening a first chapter with conflict. The reader won’t care about the character unless the type of conflict is chosen carefully because the reader won’t know the character enough to really care. To combat this, I’d […]

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Working With the Absent Antagonist

Day Thirty-eight: Skulking (Photo credit: mbshane)   The book opens when the protagonist finds recent signs of the monster she has been hunting. The creature is nearby but does not actually appear until the next scene. Who is her main opponent? The creature. Where is it? Not here. Scenes of pursuit and flight are perhaps […]

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