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From Idea To Outline

There are a few things we need to do before we can put everything down in an outline, but these are at least the first few steps. For me, outlining is a big part of the writing process. It probably takes me longer to write the outline than […]

Selecting An Audience

Hello, and welcome back to my series on How To Write A Novel. In this series, I am attempting to explain exactly what step I go through to get a novel from idea to print. In this segment, I will explain a little bit about the importance of […]

Narrowing Your Topic

It appears that I might have skipped a topic in the original list I published not too long ago. Or did I? I actually wanted to add this after introducing the logline so that it could be seen that it isn’t all that easy. If it was, then […]

Scenes Aren’t What You Think

So then what is a scene? A written scene is the basic building block of a novel or short story. The scene actually has three parts and is vital to making it work. You have the protagonist struggling to get through to his immediate goal, but there is something in the way. It progresses until the struggle is over and there is a disaster. Often, there is actually a change in scenery, but it doesn’t have to be that way.

The Power Of Rethinking

Your opus awaits.  Everything you have said and wanted to say is written in that ever-so-imperfect first draft.  You are undaunted.  You are meticulous, or so you thought.  You planned out everything, or maybe you didn’t but just decided to write it out and hash it out later, […]

From The Top

There are times in writing when you just have to take a step back and start from the beginning.  Now, I don’t mean erased the hard drive, hide the notes, and open a new document on the old word processor.  That would be counterproductive, I would think.  No, […]

Time Reveals

I know this has probably happened to you.  Picture this:  You are hard at work solving a complex problem; any problem, it doesn’t matter.  You get stuck.  Your flow is gone.  The river has dried up.  Or so you thought.  Your brain has simply shut down to the […]