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Why Now? -Special Guest: Crystal Cherie

It is my great pleasure to introduce to you Crystal Cherie

Crystal is a fellow author and friend.  I find that whenever I have a serious question concerning book writing and my ideas on something, she is one of the few people I think of and sometimes discuss with the ideas to get some feedback.  539 more words


The Essential One Page Synopsis


noun syn·op·sis \sə-ˈnäp-səs\

 a short description of the most important information about something : a summary or outline

For the first stage of the competition, we ask for one-page synopsis of your novel along with the opening extract. 

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The Freytag Experiment (Ch. 2)

Story Patterns from the 19th Century

Gustav Freytag was a German novelist from the Nineteenth century who explored formulas in stories and novels (well before… 411 more words

#12: Million Dollar Baby - Gear Shift Movies

We answer a listener’s question on the subject of how inciting incidents generate the central dramatic question of the story, using MILLION DOLLAR BABY and PREDATOR as an example of how the question shifts over the course of a story. 10 more words


Why Does Story Matter? (Ch. 1)

Thought by Donald Miller and other great genius leaders

  • Story Has Form, it has structure, it reminds us of life – that’s why we can relate to the narrative.
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Final PitchWars Slush Thoughts

A few overall comments on things I saw in my inbox that might help others. The first is the most important part: inciting incident. Make sure your novel starts where it needs to start. 865 more words


Before you start writing...

You know how it is. You suddenly get this great idea for a novel and you can’t wait to start writing it. So you do. You sit down at your laptop, full of enthusiasm for your new project. 887 more words