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 …

Who supports you as a writer?

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What kind of support can writers expect from the people around them? Writing is a solo endeavor – it’s the writer and the page. The world around writers can be kind or unkind depending on who populates that world at any given time. Tides of approval and disapproval wash over a writer’s work in progress as family and friends read …

Are you trapped by one story?

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Many writers start young; they begin the journey inspired to write a testament to their inner Hemingway, Stephen King, James Joyce or fill in the blank. It could have been high school, college, whenever writers feel that what they read is good, but inside of them there’s the seed of something as good or maybe even better. Hubris? Maybe, but isn’t …