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 …

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 …