Preparing for Nanowrimo 2014 Part 2

5 Acts 4 Characters 1 SynopsisIt’s been about a week since my last post on this. Things have been hectic around the Miller house, but we’re back in action and getting ready to roll

5. Finding Your Next Characters

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After you’ve completed steps 1-4, it’s time to comb through what you’ve written for additional characters and make a list of them. Then, you’ll create a character overview for each of the new characters you’ve got. (more…)

Gigi Griffis: My Winding Path to Full-Time Non-Fiction

Travel Writer Gigi GriffisWhen I was seven years old, I knew I wanted to be a writer.

 

I spent my time—that year and many times over in the following years—telling stories. I co-wrote books with a childhood best friend about a cat who had nine lives and a girl who got bullied. (more…)

Preparing for NanoWrimo 2014

Just-one-hour-fictionIt’s that time of year again, when Nanowrimo is just 16 days away and it’s time to begin preparing for that month long marathon of crafting the worst prose ever conceived one day at a time for 30 days until I reach 50,000 words. It’s like Christmas for writers, and those who have participated in it before know exactly what I mean. (more…)

Heather Kennison: What It Takes to Write a Book

Dragon's Destiny Author Heather KennisonStarting a book is easy. You’re inspired by your idea and you fall in love with your characters – I know I did, and I’m sure that’s how many of my classmates felt several years ago. But looking back, I’ve come to find that almost anyone can start a book; only a few select will actually finish one. (more…)

Story Telling 101, Part 2

Changing the outlineIn Story Telling 101, I showed you how to build the basic story outline from the original fairy tale. Now it’s time to tweak things just a little to add your own flare to the story. I’m going to begin adjusting this story line starting with Act II Scene 2. Instead of having the huntsman alerted by the loud sounds of the wolf’s snoring, I think it would be more likely that the huntsman would be alerted by a cry from Red as she fights with the wolf. (more…)

Story Telling 101, Part I

http://www.publicdomainpictures.net/view-image.php?image=76628&picture=little-red-riding-hood&large=1Most new writers think they have to craft a completely unique story from scratch, but that actually isn’t the case at all.  A lot of really good stories are based on a retelling of stories that already exist.  If you watch the movie Hoodwinked, it’s a retelling of Little Red Riding Hood.  In fact, that’s the very story I’ve decided to use to begin our instruction in Story Telling 101.

 

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Valuing Your Non-Fiction Book

How to calculate the value A good rule of thumb on pricing is that readers should expect to receive 200 times the value of the money they have spent. This article will show you some of the measuring sticks you can use to calculate the value your book provides so that you can have a better idea of what price point to use. (more…)

5 Reasons to Write Non-Fiction

The benefits of writing non-fictionWhen most people think of writing, they think of writing a fiction book. Fiction is the rock star of the writing world, and it does get the lion’s share of attention.  However, non-fiction books are the bedrock of the writing world. If you’ve been thinking about writing a book, here are 5 reasons to write a non-fiction book: (more…)

Whose Story Is This Anyway?

whose-story-is-this-anywayI love being a writer. It’s about as close as a human being can get to understanding what it must be like to be God.  You create this beautiful world and these amazing characters with a purpose and a plan in mind. Then you introduce your characters into that world and you say to them, “Enjoy it. Just behave according to the rules I gave you, okay?” (more…)

8 Simple Cures for Writer’s Block

Get help overcoming writer's blockIt happens to every writer. Your creativity slows down, you find yourself at a standstill in your work, and you aren’t making any progress.  Everything you try to write either comes out wrong or you can’t think of anything to write at all.  We’ve all been there. The good news is that writer’s block doesn’t have to last forever.  Here are 8 Simple Cures for Writer’s Block: (more…)

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