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  1. This is incredibly useful. I'll definitely use...

    This is incredibly useful. I'll definitely use this method when working on my WIP that's already drafted. Thank you for sharing the example. It made all the difference for me.
  2. I always outline. I've tried being a "pantser"...

    I always outline. I've tried being a "pantser" and was a dismal failure at it. My creative process takes thinking and plotting time. I can't just sit down and write a novel.

    My outlines aren't...
  3. When I was writing screenplays in L.A. (a long...

    When I was writing screenplays in L.A. (a long time ago), I learned about Syd Field's method for designing plots. It's basically a 9-act structure. Although it was intended for screenplays (thus the...
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    I tried this (commented on the attempt in another...

    I tried this (commented on the attempt in another thread) and I think it's an improvement. I'm not entirely sure it fits with the sub-genre I write in, or that my readers will relate to it, but I'm...
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    I had to learn this when I was in college...

    I had to learn this when I was in college studying literature. It was needed for literary criticism. It remains a tool I use to analyze why some books are successful and others fail. It often seems...
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    You know, it doesn't seem to matter how many...

    You know, it doesn't seem to matter how many books one writes, it is always useful to be reminded of the bare bones for getting the right story told to the right audience. This is a wonderful essay,...
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    Excellent resources. I started re-writing my...

    Excellent resources. I started re-writing my opening, and then realized that my original told it in my usual style (third person limited), which is what my readers are used to with my books. I had to...
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    Something I thought of immediately upon realizing...

    Something I thought of immediately upon realizing this was a villain-type was that Dean Koontz sometimes writes his villains first. Getting into the mind of a bad guy (or one we are supposed to...
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    This is set in the 22nd century with a virtual...

    This is set in the 22nd century with a virtual reality component in the 18th century. In the 22nd century, there are self-driving cars (like the Google Cars being developed today). Thus, "self-drive"...
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    I'm a little surprised by this comment, because...

    I'm a little surprised by this comment, because this is very much from Charlotte's POV. These are her thoughts about herself and her reasoning behind making the decision she has. I'm not sure how I...
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    Looking in the mirror was always a painful...

    Looking in the mirror was always a painful experience. It never changed, wishes couldn't make it better, and no amount of praise in other parts of her life were enough. Charlotte was ugly; the scar...
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    Great Beginnings

    Hi, Kris. I've written more than 20 published books, but am always looking for tips, tricks and new ways to think about my writing.

    I did your assignment and it was very helpful. I find that many...
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    Hi, Tambra, I'm monitoring the class, too. Nice...

    Hi, Tambra, I'm monitoring the class, too. Nice ta meet ya.

    Patricia Green
    ~erotic romance with a sting~
    http://www.patriciagreenbooks.com
  14. Here's where I fall down on the job. I support a...

    Here's where I fall down on the job. I support a lot of authors by inviting them to guest on my blog, but I haven't taken advantage of affiliate programs. I'll look into it more thoroughly. Thanks.
  15. Triberr didn't work for me. It was necessary for...

    Triberr didn't work for me. It was necessary for me to join an erotica tribe because that's what I write, but I found that so many of my tribemates were blogging about things I didn't support, that I...
  16. More good advice from you, Stacy. I've had...

    More good advice from you, Stacy. I've had excellent results touring with BTS http://booktrailershowcase.com/virtual-tours/ . They are not a free service, but they are hardworking and diligent. They...
  17. So far, So Good.

    You're offering good advice, Stacy. I already do everything you suggest, using self-hosted Wordpress on my website: http://www.patriciagreenbooks.com . I'll be following along with your lectures --...
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