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“When I write a novel I’m writing about my own life; I’m writing a biography almost, always. And to make it look like a novel I either have a murder or a death at the end”

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18. The moral core of your characters

Plot, writing, and character – those for me are the three crucial elements of an author’s craft. In posts 3 I talked a little bit about character and plot, and in post 12 I described some of the tools I’ve used for developing and keeping track of plots. 1,397 more words


Query Tracker - Taking the Fuss Out of Finding and Submitting to Agents

Just yesterday I ran into a fellow writer at the airport (while waiting in line to get groped by the TSA) and we started talking about projects we were working on and stories we’d managed to get published. 467 more words


Setting the pace

One last workshop review from NJSCBWI15! I promise next week I’ll move on to different topics. Maybe even a couple of book reviews…

When we talk about pacing in a book, many of us immediately think about plot. 452 more words

Musings On Writing

Practices Does Make Perfect

Sometimes, as writers, we might feel a little lost. We might feel like our writing needs a little improvement/practice or that it is simply just missing that special something. 244 more words


The Boy Blunder

I got caught up on word count. See, I told you I would.

I also need the weather to hold out so I can mow the grass tonight. 373 more words


One Simple Tool To Improve Your Story

Relationships are at the heart of fiction and life.  They are what make our own lives have value and make a book worth reading.  Sometimes it can be tempting to remove road blocks such as misunderstandings and failure to see eye to eye on things from between your protagonist and his/her sidekicks, mentors, etc. 352 more words