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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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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