Novel Ideas #7: “Setting Builds Foundation”

So you’ve got a cool story to tell, with a crafty plot. Great! Now, where should you “put” it? And does it really matter? Doesn’t Plot outrank Setting, like, totally? Yes and no. Where your story happens can have an enormous influence on everything from pacing and subplots, to secondary characters and their behavior. Can you […]

Novel Ideas: #14 “Dogs Must Live!”

You may think you have a perfectly rational reason for killing a dog in your novel. Maybe he’s a very large, rabid dog. Death would be a blessing. Or maybe he’s a devoted guard dog, destined to give his life in loyal service to his human family. So, really, in both of those cases you […]

Novel Ideas: #1 “Start Writing”

Those first words are critical, aren’t they? (Hell, I tried and tossed a dozen different sentences to start this post!} The writing is easy enough. Describe a character. Outline the plot. Picture a setting with vivid details. Blow up a building. Simple, huh? There’s a difference, though, between driving around the neighborhood admiring the scenery […]

Consider these three ways to Kill Your Readers

This is a guest post by author/editor Katharine Trauger You probably would prefer NOT to kill your readers. But you might be a reader murderer without realizing it. Here’s your personal “cheat sheet” for avoiding three hidden ways you might be killing your readers. Living readers love a well-written essay. You know those elegant pieces of […]

Blake Shelton, a Master Storyteller? Oh, hail yeah! (video)

Okay, you’ve got 4 minutes and 24 seconds to tell a great story. Ready? Go! Blake Shelton did it in spectacular fashion in this official video for his latest single, “Doin’ What She Likes” (album, “Based on a True Story…” ©2013 Ten Point Prod’ns Inc., Warner Bros.). In the video, Blake plays a regular guy […]

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