Too much story not enough plot?

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Nothing beats a good story. Around a dinner table, at a party, a café or any place friends and family gather. Once a storyteller grabs hold of willing listeners there’s no letting go until he or she delivers the payoff. We smile, maybe clap a little and we are happy. Good story, we say. But… What happens when after awhile …

Too tired to write a novel? Dream one.

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I read to my daughters often. Many of the books remain on my shelf and have found a place as inspiration for writing. I’ve often thought, whimsically, about finding a way to do what Shel Silverstein says he can do in this poem: I’ll take the dream I had last night, And put it in my freezer, So someday long …

How long is it going to take to write this novel?

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Have you ever planted flowers from seeds with little kids? They are so excited to dig holes in the ground all by themselves. They carefully drop in precious tiny seeds that will miraculously transform into the pictures on the packets. It all goes terrifically until you have to summon an explanation the next day when you see the same kids …

Can a novel be a lot of smaller stories?

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Writing a novel is daunting. That said, writing a short story is not easier simply because there are fewer words. The goal is to tell the whole story no matter how many words it takes. But what if the whole story comes to a writer by way of smaller, more intimate events that are all related to the broader, bigger, …

What promise does your novel make and can you deliver?

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Readers want something out of a novel because the writer offers something: an escape into a dazzling love affair, a trek into a strange land in search of a dangerous prize or a puzzle solving journey into a seemingly unsolvable crime. As writers we promise to unveil, to resolve, to unearth and to make understandable the evil deed, the true …

4 ways I cope with distraction as a writer

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I write any time I can – I write sitting down waiting for an appointment, I write on the last smidgeon of counter space at a coffee shop, I write early in the morning, late at night, and I swear to God, I write in my sleep. It is all in the service of completing my current project. Any delay …