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A Word About Chapters

What is a chapter? The dictionary says it is the main division of a book. That’s true as far as it goes. In nonfiction, it holds a particular subtopic of the work. It’s a logical thing in that case. In

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A Word About Setting

All stories take place somewhere. The action needs some place to happen which is where the setting comes in. Your basic horror story always takes place in remote places because it wouldn’t work anywhere else. For example, The Shining takes

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A Word About Plots

A plot is a road map which is the simple way to explain it. No matter how convoluted a story-line may get with twists and turns like driving through a mountain range, each scene leads the reader to the denouement.

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Writing Schedule

If you’re like me, you have multiple books in progress at once. I have two novels I am revising. Another two which are almost ready to publish, and two in development. This is in addition to my daily journal where

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Starting with a Character

OK, a character has popped into  your head and you’ve fleshed her out into a full character sketch. Now what? Write a story around the character. How to do that? Well, ask your character. Ask the character about his ambitions.

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An Exercise In Scenes

Last week, I talked about changing your writing habits. When I write, I sometimes come up with a character or a plot. Then I thought about changing it up. I decided to start by describing a setting. When I did

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Changing writing habits

Sometimes we fall into ruts when we are writing. It happens, for some people, it happens a lot. For a writer, we often find that if we fall into a rut the words dry up and we are blocked. If

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Troublesome Scenes

Sometimes when you are writing fiction, you run into scenes that just don’t work. My advice when that happens is to just write the scene and worry about it in the revision process. That is the best thing you can

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Writing Exercises

Another way to stimulate and grow your writing is to experiment. You can do that by searching the internet for writing prompts and exercises. Go to your favorite internet search engine and use the key words, writing exercise and pick

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Timed Writing Revisited

Another good tool in a writer’s tool box is a timer. Just set a timer for a set amount of time. It can be anywhere from fifteen minutes up to two hours. It’s completely up to the writer. Most use

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