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Ordinary vs. Extraordinary Protagonists

When you are raised on Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings and Star Wars and other classic hero’s journey stories, it is all too tempting to begin with an ordinary protagonist who is thrown into extraordinary circumstances. It increases … Continue reading

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Developing Ideas: The Devil’s in the Details

Last time, I wrote about finding your villain. If you’re writing the kind of story that is mostly driven by the villain’s actions (as a lot of “plot” stories are), coming up with the villain is probably the first step … Continue reading

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Developing Ideas: Finding the Story

If you can get from the idea to a protagonist who has a goal, you basically have a story. But even at that stage, things can still be so vague you have no idea where to start.

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Developing Ideas: Clarifying the Idea

[This is round two of the “Developing Ideas” series. The last round, as documented in the last few posts, dwindled and failed. Spoiler alert—this round does too. Yet there are a few tidbits of interest here, and I tried for … Continue reading

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Starting

Starting a project can be the most daunting part of it. You have it planned, you have your hopes and dreams and visions for it, but now it’s time for the vague miasma of thought to coalesce into a reality. … Continue reading

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