• Scenes: The Skeleton of a Novel

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    You're a human being: you can stand up, sit down, or do a somersault. That's because you have a skeleton that gives your soft tissue a structure. Likewise, it's important to give your novel a structure that will hold all the soft murmurings about characters, places and events. It begins with understanding the structure of a ...

  • How to Choreograph a Great Action Scene

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    I recently found a gem of a writing book. For my NaNoWriMo challenge, my current love/hate WIP, I decided I wanted to include more action scenes, pushing it more toward YA and more toward a true action book. OK. Action. That should be easy. Um. No. Until I read this book. Ian Thomas Healy breaks ...

  • General to Specific: From One Sentence to a Plot

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    So, I have a general outline of my story but the writing still isn't flowing. I realized that I need to break down major events into smaller sections, so I will know what to write. I've gone through two stages of plotting or outlining, each one getting more specific. Here's an example: 1. First, I stared with ...