Writing

Plotline Prep for Planners & Pantsers

Autumn has always felt like the true beginning of a new year for me, after years of back-to-school programming. So it follows that fall is a perfect time to start something new in my writing, especially with Nanowrimo coming up again in just over a month. Now, you might be what they call a “Pantser”… Continue reading Plotline Prep for Planners & Pantsers

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Writer Wednesday: The Drawbacks of a Straight Line

I grew up writing.  For the longest time I had a rather serious problem.  Most of my stories lost steam about a third of the way through and sat gathering dust.  Then one day I picked up "The Outlandish Companion" by Diana Gabaldon, writer of the bestselling Outlander series, and I discovered an amazing thing:… Continue reading Writer Wednesday: The Drawbacks of a Straight Line

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Writer Wednesday: Building Blocks of Plot

It's been a long time since grade school story writing, and since nanowrimo is coming up soon, I think it's time to brush up on plot. First of all, where does a story come from?  Where do you get that seed from that starts a book?  What are the building blocks that go into making… Continue reading Writer Wednesday: Building Blocks of Plot

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Writer Wednesday: 3 Ways to Build Suspense

Ever read a book that kept you hanging on till the last page, unable to put it down?  Ever read one that didn't? What made the difference?  Why did you lose interest in that one book?  Why did you forget about everything else while you read the other? Suspense.  Even if it isn't a "suspense"… Continue reading Writer Wednesday: 3 Ways to Build Suspense