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Author Tip Tuesday – Tip #24 The White Room Syndrome

First off – HAPPY NEW YEAR! I hope you find these writing tips will help you get your writing mojo on for 2017 🙂 Q4U: Would you like to see these tips put into a book form? There are two more

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Author Tip Tuesday – Tip #16 Using the Bell Curve to Write Dramatic Chapters

If you've ever read a book you'll know that a novel is a series of scenes strung together to make the whole. These scenes are often grouped together to make chapters. So how does a writer know how many

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Author Tip Tuesday – Tip #15 The Problem with Pacing

I'm a “tight” writer. I rarely have the problem of having over-written and therefore I don’t have to go back to a bloated manuscript and cut thousands of words. This can be a good thing,

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Author Tip Tuesday – Tip #14 Plots and Subplots

What is plot? For some reason plot is not easily defined, and yet if plot is missing in a book or movie we know it. How? We find ourselves shaking our heads saying, “I don't get it,” and “What is

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Author Tip Tuesday – Tip #9 The Beat Sheet

I love the beat sheet! Seriously, this simple outline changed the way I plotted books and made the whole process so much quicker. I've already discussed the main points, but I wanted to show you the beet

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Author Tip Tuesday – Tip #7 Plot Point Two

Plot point 2 is very similar to plot point 1. It's a conflicting event in the story that launches the third act. At this point things are not looking very good for our protagonist at all. If your main

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Author Tip Tuesday – Tip #4 The Inciting Incident

We touched on the Inciting Incident briefly in Tip #2, The Bones It Hangs On. The Inciting Incident (sometimes called the Catalyst or the Inciting Event) is the trigger that starts the story. It's not

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