Monthly Archives: August 2012

Write A Travel Scene with a Purpose

by Tim Kane Most of the time, writers shouldn’t need to show their characters traveling. Simply jump cut from one scene the next. Yet there are times when a scene about travel may be necessary, and invigorating. What follows are … Continue reading

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Readers Want to Invest in Characters, So Reward Them

by Tim Kane Not only am I a writer, but I’m a serious reader. Nothing bugs me more than following a character for pages only to find that he wasn’t that important. A minor character. A throwaway. It makes me … Continue reading

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Let Your Manuscript Incubate

by Tim Kane Far too many writers (me included) rush from the final draft to publication or submission. It makes no sense. At the time of completion, I know I’m giddy. Overloaded with the magnitude of what I have wrought … Continue reading

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No Logline Equals no Clue

by Leo Dufresne Outlines, synopsis, Hero’s Journey, three-act plot structure… Everyone has a method to help you write your novel, more efficiently, more elegantly, more successfully. It would be interesting to see what the ratio is between works of fiction … Continue reading

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People Really Are That Bad, Except When They’re Not

By JAMES R. RIFFEL How many times have you been writing about your antagonist and thought, “Oh, that’s just too cold, no way he’d do that” and considered moderating his behavior? Don’t bother. People’s behavior can be as obnoxious, devious … Continue reading

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Can You Spot Power Ploys and Power Tics?

by Peggy Lang WITH EYES WIDE SHUT But closed eyes? A power ploy? A disgruntled individual asked an online psychologist if it was normal to feel like an idiot while listening to a woman who continually closed her eyes as … Continue reading

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Hang Your Story on a Folklore Skeleton

  by Tim Kane If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. There are plenty of myths and stories that have been handed down for generations. Originality is a delusion. Use these stories to structure your own manuscript. Hero’s Journey There’s … Continue reading

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