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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 #13 Think In 45 Degree Angles

In the last tip, Tackling the First Draft, we talked about how putting words on the page is like making clay—creating malleable material that you can later sculpt through revisions. It's not important

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Author Tip Tuesday – Tip # 11 Character Arc

After I've spent time thinking about my story and loosely pinning scenes onto the three act structure + beat sheet, I try to get a sense just through my imagining, what the main character looks like. I

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Author Tip Tuesday – Tip #10 – Theme, Story Question and Logline


I can hear the impatient whimpers: when are we going to get to the actual writing tips of these author tips? Soon, very soon. Taking time to establish these “non-writing” points will pay off

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Author Tip Tuesday – Tip #8
 Climax and Resolution – the End is Near

The climax is the do or die scene. Everything comes to a head and it looks very dismal for our main character. We are left wondering if a happy ending is at all possible (maybe it's not). It's tempting

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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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