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What Does Story Need to Provide? Part Two, Solid Plot Twists

What Does Story Need to Provide? Part Two, Solid Plot Twists

Following up with my post from last week about believable characters, today I’m going to discuss character development after recently watching a movie that highlighted some what-not-to-dos when it comes to story writing. Again, if you haven’t seen The Last […]

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You will never write the perfect book

You will never write the perfect book

There is no such thing as a perfect book. Perfectionism has always been one of my issues. I won’t even want to start to do something if I can’t do it right. In school, I excelled where there were formulas […]

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Exposition Through Dialogue; or, My Characters Talk Too Much

Exposition Through Dialogue; or, My Characters Talk Too Much

I explore characters, settings, and plots through dialogue. Pure exposition bores me – gives me nothing dynamic to play with – so I use conversations. Dialogue seems like an easy way around the show-don’t-tell rule. My early stories used that […]

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Ethics and Narrative

Ethics and Narrative

While planning my attendance schedule for When Words Collide, a panel I’d never heard mentioned before caught my eye: Ethics. No, I can’t imagine that would catch the eye of the majority of people, but I’m quirky that way. I […]

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(My) Tropes To Avoid

One panel at World Fantasy was on tropes that must die. Situations and settings and characters and plot devices that are so overused that they need to be retired. Permanently. The anti-climax: I didn’t attend this panel. However, I have […]

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There is no one right way to write a story

There is no one right way to write a story

So, this post has been a long time in the making. I have been reaching and reaching for something that has been out of my reach for a long time. Why am I stuck? Why can’t I write, carefree, to […]

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