Series Tips: Characters, Timeline & Plot

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Are you interested in writing a series of novels, picture books or stories? Here are some series tips. My first general tip is to use Scrivener. It's the software designed for authors and writers. It allows you to arrange (and rearrange) chunks of story, much like an outline. There's a visual aspect when you use the ...

Subplots Fight Writer’s Block

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Subplots are a connected sequence of events, just like any other plot; the difference is that this is a minor plot with fewer developments. It should affect the main plot in some important way--or else you should delete it--but it doesn't need the same development of a main plot. I am still plotting my trilogy, ...

Don’t Plot Like I Do!

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I’m warning you! Don’t plot like I do. I’ve been working on the plot of a new novel for about six weeks and I’m still stumbling around. I’ll describe the messy process here and hope that you manage to shortcut your own process. It started last year with an idea and a short story that gave backstory ...