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  1. I would recommend starting the book with a "cast...

    I would recommend starting the book with a "cast of characters" list – names and a very brief description. I have heard a number of readers say they wish every book had this. It can help new readers...
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    This post has good writing advice from my...

    This post has good writing advice from my scriptwriter brother. Learn why two thirds of screenplays got a "pass" from a first reader (and learn what a "reader" is). I especially like this quote: "Try...
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    Examples do help, don't they?

    Examples do help, don't they?
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    Wrap-up and Request

    I'll be checking in later today, and over the next day or two, for any final questions and comments. But since some people may not be checking back, I wanted to say thank you for stopping by for the...
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    Share Your Questions and Comments

    Obviously we could continue talking about plotting for weeks, but the material is presented so far should be enough to keep you busy for a while.

    I hope you've found the material helpful. It's a...
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    Day 5: How to Write Vivid Scenes

    We've covered a lot on plotting in the last few days. Once you have a well-structured plot, you can start focusing in on the individual scenes. Here's one more essay adapted from Advanced Plotting:...
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    An Example of the Plot Outline Exercise

    As an example of how the Plot Outline Exercise might look, here is an outline of the opening scenes of my unpublished middle grade novel, Secrets, featuring a 12-year-old boy who runs into mysterious...
  8. Day 4: The Plot Outline Exercise For Character, Subplots, and Theme

    The Plot Outline Exercise in Advanced Plotting goes into a lot of detail, but for now we'll stick with looking at some of the big picture issues. As I said yesterday, you can adapt this for your own...
  9. [QUOTE=pabrown;174905]My problem is the main...

    [QUOTE=pabrown;174905]My problem is the main character is a sociopath. His goals are anathema to everyone else around him. Clearly no one can root for him, he's not sympathetic but I have to make him...
  10. Post Questions and Comments on Your Work

    If you start using the plot analysis tools and would like to discuss what you've discovered, please share in this thread. Maybe you've run into a problem and would like suggestions for fixing it. Or...
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    Different Tools for Analyzing Your Plot

    Every writer is different, so I don't assume what works well for me will work the best for everyone else. I do think it's important to analyze your manuscript for structure. Unless you have a...
  12. Plot Outline Exercise: Conflict and Tension

    Here's the first part of The Plot Outline Exercise, or download the Word document from my website: http://www.krisbock.com/blog.htm (top of the left-hand column). Remember, the goal is to make notes...
  13. Day 3: Analyzing Your Plot with the Plot Outline Exercise

    Today I want to talk about working with a story you already have developed, to make it stronger. If you are an outliner, you can do much of this at the outlining stage. Otherwise, you can work with a...
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    That's one reason I like critiquing and teaching...

    That's one reason I like critiquing and teaching writing – I get a reminder of what works and what doesn't.
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    This feels like a futuristic story – rather like "Firefly" – possibly set on this world. The hero is clearly Rob, and he's in an uncomfortable situation. There's not exactly conflict yet – tension,...
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    I hesitate to suggest that there str any definite...

    I hesitate to suggest that there str any definite rules for writing. It seems like you can find an exception to everything. Certainly some genres need less conflict than others. I don't read a lot of...
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    I saw this on Romance University yesterday –

    "Editor Heather Webb – Making Characters Unforgettable a.k.a. Character Arc"...
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    If you have questions or comments on this...

    If you have questions or comments on this material, post them here. If you'd like to share your specific projects, and any questions or concerns about them, post that under the separate thread "Day...
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    I expect everyone is at a different point in their manuscripts, so some of you will want to work with the advice on developing your story, while others already have a complete draft. If you're at the...
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    Characters in Conflict

    Here's another essay from Advanced Plotting: http://bookshow.me/1463739303

    A strong story needs conflict. But conflict doesn’t just come from dramatic things happening. It comes from the character...
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    Developing Your Idea into a Story

    For our first lesson today, let's assume you have an idea, but you're not sure what to do with it. It's a great idea, but will it make a great book? Or maybe you have a “great idea,” but can’t seem...
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    It's always hard to predict whether something...

    It's always hard to predict whether something will work, but it sounds like it definitely could work. You're establishing the main characters pretty quickly, by having other people talk about them. A...
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    I definitely get the feel of a fantasy, and the...

    I definitely get the feel of a fantasy, and the potential for romance. You have nice hints of setting already. There's an immediate problem and goal. It's a great start! I would just suggest adding a...
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    Thank you, Tambra! That's nice to hear.

    Thank you, Tambra! That's nice to hear.
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    Workshop Overview

    Since we got a late start, I'm going to continue this through the weekend. Today was fast starts.

    Thursday – developing an idea into a story.

    Friday – Tools for analyzing your plot. Get started...
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