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Going from Pantser to Plotter – by Gerald Brandt…

Going from Pantser to Plotter – by Gerald Brandt…

Originally posted on Chris The Story Reading Ape's Blog:
on Fiction University: I work at a day job, as well as write science fiction novels. As you can imagine, this doesn’t always leave me with time to write, and when I do have time, I don’t necessarily have the energy. What I do have…

10 Questions to Help Fiction Writers “Set the Stage” – by C.S.Lakin…

10 Questions to Help Fiction Writers “Set the Stage” – by C.S.Lakin…

Originally posted on Chris The Story Reading Ape's Blog:
on Live Write Thrive: One of the primary objectives and responsibilities of a fiction writer is to transport readers into the world of their story. However, it’s easier said than done. You, the writer, must visualize your scene—where your characters are, what the place looks…

Daily Writing Leads to Better Writing – by Melissa Donovan…

Daily Writing Leads to Better Writing – by Melissa Donovan…

Originally posted on Chris The Story Reading Ape's Blog:
on Writing Forward: Today’s post is an excerpt from 10 Core Practices for Better Writing. This is from “Chapter Two: Writing.” Enjoy! “I only write when I am inspired. Fortunately I am inspired at 9 o’clock every morning.” – William Faulkner Ideally, you would write every…

Using a Character Bible – Is it worth it?

Originally posted on Author Don Massenzio:
As I embark on my next writing venture after a 2020 hiatus, I realized something. The equation of my age plus the stress of 2020 and the length of time since I’ve written a Frank Rozzani book has added up to me forgetting the details of many of my…

Is Your Writer’s Block Really Writer’s Indecision? – by Louise Tondeur…

Is Your Writer’s Block Really Writer’s Indecision? – by Louise Tondeur…

Originally posted on Chris The Story Reading Ape's Blog:
on Jane Friedman site: While I was planning my current novel and annotating that plan, I asked myself a series of questions in the annotations. I know I’m not the only one to make notes on a draft in the form of questions, but until…

Dropping Breadcrumbs: How to Show a Character’s Emotional Wound Through Behavior – by Angela Ackerman…

Dropping Breadcrumbs: How to Show a Character’s Emotional Wound Through Behavior – by Angela Ackerman…

Originally posted on Chris The Story Reading Ape's Blog:
on Writers Helping Writers: Emotional wounds are transformative and have the power to re-shape a character in many negative ways, impacting their happiness, their self-worth, and causing mistrust and disillusionment to skew their worldview. This critical piece of backstory is key to understanding their motivations,…

Mysterious and Thrilling Fiction Writing Prompts – by Melissa Donovan…

Mysterious and Thrilling Fiction Writing Prompts – by Melissa Donovan…

Originally posted on Chris The Story Reading Ape's Blog:
on Writing Forward: Sometimes it’s hard to start a new writing project. Maybe you’re overwhelmed by too many ideas and can’t decide which one to tackle. Or maybe you’re searching for the right idea, something to spark your imagination and inspire your next story. Fiction…

The Benefits of Writing Flash Fiction – by Nancy Stohlman…

The Benefits of Writing Flash Fiction – by Nancy Stohlman…

Originally posted on Chris The Story Reading Ape's Blog:
on Jane Friedman site: Consider flash fiction an opportunity. Let go of your tricks and your clever exposition techniques. Let go of your need to explain. Discover what you don’t need to say. Let go of description—one perfect detail will do the trick. Let silences…

How To Arouse Your Writing Inspiration – by Derek Haines…

How To Arouse Your Writing Inspiration – by Derek Haines…

Originally posted on Chris The Story Reading Ape's Blog:
on Just Publishing Advice: One of the best pieces of advice I ever got about writing was never waste time waiting for the muse to arrive. If you are a writer, you write, and good writers know how to get inspired to write. It doesn’t…

How to Rescue an Endangered Book and Find your Author Mojo – by Ruth Harris…

How to Rescue an Endangered Book and Find your Author Mojo – by Ruth Harris…

Originally posted on Chris The Story Reading Ape's Blog:
on Anne R. Allen: You’ve kinda/sorta finished your book/first draft/whachamacallit. In drastic cases, it could even be an outline that’s gone off the rails and landed in a ditch. But. Your original brilliant idea is drowning in a sea of ugly clutter. There are dust…

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