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Old School Storytelling–Gotye’s Song

  Gotye’s song Somebody That I Used to Know has blown up. I have a theory about why. The lyrics harken back to the origins of songs as tools of storytelling. This song gives us clear insight into the male … Continue reading

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Donald Maass– The 21st Century Novel Panel at WDC

The Writer’s Digest Conference had many mind stretching, craft expanding panels. I wish I could blog about each one, but I’d rather select three to share. And the awesome Emmie Mears has graciously agreed to Guest post about a panel … Continue reading

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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1–Another Well Told Story

  Lately, I watch tv and movies through the lenses of a writer. I can’t seem to stop. Unbelievable characters, confusing plots, slow pacing, and uninteresting protagonists are my biggest turn-offs. So when I catch something I like, I think … Continue reading

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Why Characters Matter From the Get Go

This is my dog, Emerson. I can tell you great stories with amazing plots about Emerson, but right now are you interested? Maybe slightly but not really. I mean he’s cute but why listen to a story about him? Why … Continue reading

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Backspace Writer’s Conference-Part III

The second day of the Backspace Writer’s Conference kicked off with an amazing presentation by Kristin Nelson on writing the perfect query letter pitch. She had a way of distilling it right down to the heart of what a pitch … Continue reading

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A Roadmap to your novel

In our first week of my online class, we learned to draft a 500-word plot summary of our novels. I’d already written my mystery novel, so this was a post drafting summary. But while researching what makes a good synopsis, … Continue reading

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