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Standalones vs. Series

In some genres, namely fantasy and science fiction, there is perhaps nothing rarer than the standalone novel. A novel with no sequels, planned or occurring spontaneously, epic or procedural—just a single story, standing alone, forever. There’s no inherent reason for … Continue reading

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Planning Ahead

[I’m going to start posting only on weekdays—I need the weekends to write. 🙂 ] For the commitment-challenged, there may be nothing more intimidating than planning a series. It can also be great fun, and for those of us who enjoy … 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: Defining and Refining

In the last post in this series about developing ideas, I talked about getting the vague shape of the story in mind. It’s like a blurry picture of a story that you have to squint to see clearly. Sometimes it … Continue reading

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