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Staring into the Abyss: Finding the Characters

Usually, my ideas start with a world. Then I try to find the conflict, the story, and maybe some of the plot. This involves finding the protagonist, the antagonist, maybe a few other key players. But at some point, the … Continue reading

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Staring into the Abyss: Finding the Plot

So you have an idea. Maybe it’s a character, maybe it’s a world, maybe it’s just a genre—or maybe you’re lucky and it’s a conflict. If you’re anything like me, ideas are everywhere. But stories are harder to come by. … Continue reading

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The World is Not Enough

I’ve had this problem for a long time now—in fact, it’s always been a big part of my assertion that I’d actually rather be a worldbuilder. I have this entire world that I created… and no story to write in … Continue reading

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When Does an Idea Become a Story?

I’ve got a theme for the week, and I’m going with it. Several of my posts this week have been about getting ideas—from what you read, from what you think as you read, from a branding idea—but how do you … Continue reading

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Analyzing for Ideas

If you can’t tell, I’m still on a bit of a kick about what I’ll write next. I’m still sure I’ll work on revising my current project, but I have undoubtedly relapsed into my old ways of idea-development-doubt-collapse. I’m not … Continue reading

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Should You Write What You Like to Read?

I’ve written several times on this blog about examining what you like to read, and writing that. For the most part, it’s common advice that I think is a pretty solid place to start when it comes to figuring out … Continue reading

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Developing Ideas: Pacing and Structure in Plot

If you have your villain’s plan and your hero’s reasons for being involved in stopping that villain (assuming this is the kind of story you’re working on), then you might have all you need to start plotting—or even start writing. … Continue reading

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