Monthly Archives: October 2011

Inciting Incident

Okay, we’ve gone through our major characters and discussed how to make them come alive with traits and characteristics distinct from one another. Then we discussed the importance of showing the normal world—the world our hero, the protagonist, lives his … Continue reading

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Trial by Fire

My guest blog today is provided by Janice Hardy, a multi-published author who blogs at http://blog.janicehardy.com/. After you read her post here, skip over to her site to read my post “A Tale of Two Writers.” You might learn some … Continue reading

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Class Reunions

We’re all formed to a certain extent by our pasts. People we knew, events we experienced, things we did and times we lived through. Now and then I like to take a look back into my own past history. High … Continue reading

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Normal World

Next in our evolutions of creating a novel, we’ll take a look at the main narrative plot points. We’ve got our main characters named and profiled now, so it’s time to outline how our story will progress. Maybe your tongue … Continue reading

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When You Know You’re Doing It Wrong

Hello, fans of David! Don’t you worry, while I’m monopolizing his blog today, he’s hopped over to Marcia Richard’s blog, who’s actually on my blog and… it’s a wonderful circle. Just follow the breadcrumbs! As for me, I’ll just get … Continue reading

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Irresistibly Sweet Blog Award

My friend Marji Laine gifted me with the Irresistibly Sweet Blog Award the other day. Thanks, Marji. It’s my first award as a blogger. The first thing I’m supposed to do, after thanking Marji for the award, is give the … Continue reading

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Plagiarism: The Worst Sin in Writing

Today I’m interrupting my regular Monday series on novel preparation to address a very serious matter. When Kristen Lamb and I started Warrior Writers Boot Camp, one of the original members was Terrell Mims, who followed us over from another … Continue reading

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Writing Tips for Better Work/Life Balance

David N. Walker is a Christian father and grandfather and a grounded pilot. He cofounded Warrior Writers Boot Camp with Kristen Lamb. You can read more of his posts at https://davwalk.wordpress.com or tweet him at @davidnwalkertx. Today’s guest blogger is … Continue reading

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The Journey

Today I’m trading guest posts with Jillian Dodd. You can find more about her at the end of this post. Hop over to her site, http://www.jilliandodd.wordpress.com, after you read this, and read my post on winning a karaoke contest. The … Continue reading

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Profiling Your Characters

Last week I mentioned that the characters in my earlier—and rejected—novels were all plastic, one-dimensional characters who looked, acted and sounded like me. Sound familiar? Surely I’m not the first writer to make that mistake. Since I neither smoke nor … Continue reading

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