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To Use a Prologue or Not?

Prologues—to use or not to use? A lot of writers are hesitant about employing this tool in their writing because they’re constantly told, “Don’t use prologues!” So, should we retire the prologue from writing altogether, or does it still have a place. 1,710 more words

The 'Big Bang' of Writing

The ‘Big Bang’ of writing has absolutely nothing to do with evolution. It has everything to do with the ‘hook’ of the story. It’s commonly said in order to hook in your readers and captivate them, you must use the ‘shock and awe’ approach. 1,474 more words

Where to Begin

“Where should I begin my story?”

This has been a big problem with so many writers – convinced that we can’t start writing our stories until we know exactly where to begin. 589 more words

Beginning A Story

NaNoWriMo - Update [1]

I has begun. Yesterday at midnight, I started working the keys. This sounds more prolific than I’ve actually been. For once, the hour between midnight and one is not my most creative and, for another, I wasn’t alone and undisturbed, and actually a little pissed about it. 470 more words

Writing Project

PART THREE: Help Along the Way part I

Anne Lamott believes in lists, taking notes and, of course, index cards. Index cards are the focus of the first chapter of this section of… 508 more words

Anne Lamott

False Starts

The chapter titled “False Starts” is about being able to distinguish the first impressions we’ve written for our characters including our “cool” ideas of what the story should be and the actual subject or character the story is about. 402 more words

Anne Lamott

How to Begin a Story

I’ve written a couple of posts about beginning a story, but I thought I’d come at this subject from a slightly different angle. Lately I’ve had a few people congratulate me on being a writer, while in the same breath proclaiming that they would love to write a book but wouldn’t know where to begin. 450 more words

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