Tag Archives: Writing

Change of Pace

Now and then it’s a good idea to take a good hard look and see if it’s time to change courses. How often? Who knows? For some time now, my Monday posts have been on the WWBC methods of preparing … Continue reading

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Word Wars: Attack of the Should-Shouldn’ts

Today is Life List Club Friday. For more information about LLC, click the tab at the top of this site. For a complete listing of LLC members, check the LLC Blogroll in the right margin of this page. Today, my … Continue reading

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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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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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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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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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Other Characters

We’ve discussed our antagonist and our protagonist the last few weeks. How about other characters? These could range from our protagonist’s fiancée to the guy who handed the antagonist a latte at Starbucks. What care do we need to take … Continue reading

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