4 Types of Villain – The Last One is Truly Scary Because He’s So Good

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Guest post by K.M. Weiland Ooh, bad guys. Where would our stories be without their spine-tingling, indignation-rousing, hatred-flaring charm? It’s a legit question. Because, without antagonists to get in our heroes’ way and cause conflict, we quite literally have no story. So write yourself a warty-nosed, slimy-handed dude with a creepy laugh. No problemo, right? Bad guys ...

Welcome

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WELCOME ABOARD! YOU’VE SUCCESSFULLY SUBSCRIBED TO DARCY PATTISON'S MAILING LIST Your Ebook is on its way. Your private link to the free book will come shortly in an email. Be sure to check your inbox. I have three other resources that might interest you: Master Class in Novel Writing. June 14-June 17, 2016 Highlights Foundation Workshop, Honesdale, PA. $1195. Learn ...

Santa Claus’ Top 5 Writing Tips

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Happy Holidays Just got an e-newsletter from the North Pole and Santa had these writing tips posted for the young-at-heart who are writing novels this year. Stay tuned: Santa promised to send me writing tips based on "The 12 Days of Christmas" tomorrow. As our holiday gift to you, We are offering all 5 Winter ...

Plotting the Middle with the Hero’s Journey

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The middle of a novel is one of the hardest places to plot. The set up is easy to imagine and the climax, of course, has to be exciting and emotional. But the sagging middle--how do you handle it? The Hero's Journey is one of the most useful of the 29 plot templates because it has ...

The Other Side of the Story

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Here's another creative writing prompt for your 750 words, a challenge to write 750 words each day to better Think Like a Writer. Read more here. Today, we will think like our opposites. Our enemies. There is always two sides to a story and to Think Like a Writer, we need to explore the ...

Situation v. Plot

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I am thinking about doing NaNoWriMo this year, joining with thousands of others in trying to write 50,000 words--a novel--during the month of November. You can't count any words written before November 1, but I know I can't do this if I don't work on a plot before the mad rush officially begins. So far, I ...