Sparks

Sparks

Kate posted a couple weeks ago about being overwhelmed with possible stories. They come from everywhere, and it can be difficult to keep up. I keep a sparks page. I flip to the back of my current notebook and label a […]

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When the Story Changes: the Bane of Writer-dom

When the Story Changes: the Bane of Writer-dom

How many of you writers have had conversations like this: Me: “My story changed again.” Wife: “Well, maybe the change will make it better?” Me: “It does! That’s why I can’t just ignore it.” Wife: “So that’s good.” Me: “But […]

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Developing Characters – Character Grids

Developing Characters – Character Grids

Characters are not my inherent thing. I am a plot person. You give me a character facing a choice and I can make a whole plot. But when it comes to subplot and relationships between characters? I need framework and […]

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An Informal Diatribe on Style vs. Grammar

An Informal Diatribe on Style vs. Grammar

Alright, I’m stepping on to my English major soapbox…hold on…ok, I’m up. Note: I’m only standing here to lend myself credibility because what I have to say is pretty un-Englishy. I must start my mini rant by confessing that I […]

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