Are you an apologetic writer?

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The young man stood up looking very eager to read the handful of typewritten pages held confidently in his hands. He surveyed the table where half a dozen men and women had gathered for a monthly writer’s group and after his eyes met and engaged most of his fellow writers, the young man spoke. “I brought the first part of …

Write the truth call it fiction

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Fiction is the ship we build to navigate the waters of both our real and imagined lives. How deep we dive into those worlds depends on the measure of confidence we have that we will return in one piece.

How does an idea turn into a novel?

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One of the writers in our group told me I have ‘catch phrases’ and when prompted here are three I was told I use often: “No conflict, no story.” “I can’t teach you how to write.” (Nobody can) and this one about ideas: “An idea is not a novel”. I like to explain the last one with the image of …

How valuable is time spent not writing?

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I am a cheerleader, not the pompom wielding sort, the constant advocate sort. There is nothing that makes me happier than seeing one of the writers associated with PPW finish their novel or screenplay. I have used the phrase ‘writers write’ as in writer’s write every day and now I am about to add a disclaimer. We are still writers …

The story we WANT to write and the story we HAVE to write

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I believe as writers, we become dedicated to a story that we see as one we really want to write. A story that causes our eyelids to flutter in deep sleep dreaming of new scenes, the story we wake up to in the morning, the story we see on the bestseller list. But is there another kind of story laying low under our writing …

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 …