Monthly Archives: June 2014

The Plan B Life

When I was very young, I fell in love with books. And it wasn’t long before I realized I wanted to make books—about the time I realized books were made by people and not delivered from the ether. I mentioned … Continue reading

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Fast Choices for a First Draft

This will be a very short post to go along with the subject matter—making the quick choices that can move your first draft along. I wrote a few days ago about making choices for your story—about considering options, weighing advantages … Continue reading

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How Do You Get Ready to Draft?

At some point, all ideas must become a draft—or die useless in the mind. In order for a story to become something you can share, you have to produce it into a physical object. This could be a drawing, a … Continue reading

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Making Choices in your Narrative

Some writers may talk about their characters and their stories as if they spring fully-formed out of the ether, flowing through the writer’s fingers like barely-captive lightning direct from the beyond. But for everyone else, writing is a constant series … Continue reading

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Using the Elevator Pitch to Craft Your Story

You may never be so lucky (or unlucky, depending on your anxiety levels) as to pitch an agent your book in an elevator. The idea of the pitch is generally boiled down to a one-sentence summary meant to entice them … Continue reading

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One-Month Challenge: Update Two

Two weeks into the one-month challenge, or halfway through. I haven’t reached drafting yet, or even gotten too close, but I’m closing in on having a definitive plot that I can outline—and after that, drafting should be soon. I’m hoping … Continue reading

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From Idea to Story

[No doubt part one of eight million…] When you look at a finished novel—its pacing, its characters, its settings, its twists and turns—and you look at the infant idea cradled in your mind, you might wonder how you can ever … Continue reading

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Getting Feedback on Your Idea

I went for a walk with my dad last night, and the conversation turned to writing—mainly as a, “You’re getting old; what are you going to do with your life?” sort of thing. But as I mentioned my one-month challenge, … Continue reading

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The Dangers of Allegory

Every story has theme, whether you intend it or not. Or at least, that’s what you learn to decipher as an English major. Some stories are pretty shallow, and it might seem like they don’t have any message at all; … Continue reading

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Building a Character from Scratch

As you develop your idea into a story, you might need to work through vague plot elements and story structure, and in doing so, you’ll fill the roles required with vague “placeholder” characters. At some point, you’ll look at your … Continue reading

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