3 BIG ways to ‘proof’ an idea for a novel

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You’re at a party and you see a small crowd gathered around a friend of yours. He or she is holding the attention of the group and you think to yourself, “Must be a good story.” What is a good story, the kind that holds an audience enthralled in the same way a novel holds a reader for three or …

How big is your novel?

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Whether it’s fantasy, science fiction, paranormal YA, gothic horror or historical romance, any time there are plural worlds, characters and time periods you get a BIG NOVEL. When a writer feels a strong obligation to a storytelling vision there is very little to be done short of writing the thousands of words necessary to fulfill that vision. And thousands of …

5 reasons why you may not be a writer

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I know a lot of writers. For the last decade I’ve run a writer’s group, led workshops, given lectures and worked as a Story Coach in Atlanta. Among these writers are people working away at novels, screenplays, poetry and other forms of prose. The common thread among these individuals is the choices they make. Those choices define what it is …

5 Signs ACT ONE Is Over

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As a writer you have to know when Act Two is about to be begin. It’s the kind of thing that you as the writer need in place, even if it sneaks up on your reader. ACT ONE provides the set up on the way to that big Plot Point One when EVERYTHING CHANGES for the main character. Here are some telltale …