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2 Important Things People Forget to Research When Writing a Story

You may be an expert story-teller or you may just be taking your first steps in this world; in any case, irrespective of your experience with words, research is a stage you cannot skip if you want to write good quality stories. However, sometimes we are focused on learning more urgent topics and we set aside some things we take for granted. In this post, I will show you two basic elements we sometimes forget to research:

 

1. Location

Is the coffee shop you are…

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Added by Sophie Carlon on June 27, 2016 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Writing a Plot Twist

Writing a plot twist can be tricky.



 Plot twists are meant to surprise your readers--to turn them into a completely different plot direction. But, the tricky thing is, the twist has to not only be smart but believable while keeping them interested in the story. You don't want to write a ridiculous plot twist that will make your readers go "That's unrealistic." You want them to take the plot twist seriously and to keep reading your book.



 Your plot twist needs to leave…

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Added by Ashley Earley on June 26, 2016 at 1:48pm — No Comments

Satisfying Endings

     Recently I was outraged after I finished the last pages of a novel I’d loved. “What?” I railed. “How could the author abandon one of the two main characters, let her disappear so completely I’ve no idea of her fate. Give me a hint. One sentence, please!” We do get a scene of her husband after the family’s deportation, as he approaches the ancestral village, anticipating the luxury their U.S. dollars will afford. But his wife had ambitions for a career. What will become of her,…

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Added by Joan Steinau Lester on June 23, 2016 at 2:46pm — 1 Comment

Upcoming Story Circle Network Online Classes!

Check out what Story Circle Network is offering this summer term in their online classes.  Classes begin mid-July and early August. Sign up now.

Here's the link to Story Circle Network Online Classes

Added by Helen (Len) Leatherwood on June 21, 2016 at 3:38pm — No Comments

Upcoming Story Circle Network Online Classes!

Check out what Story Circle Network is offering this summer term in their online classes.  Classes begin mid-July and early August. Sign up now.

Here's the link to Story Circle Network Online Classes

Added by Helen (Len) Leatherwood on June 21, 2016 at 3:38pm — No Comments

Upcoming Story Circle Network Online Classes!

Check out what Story Circle Network is offering this summer term in their online classes.  Classes begin mid-July and early August. Sign up now.

Here's the link to Story Circle Network Online Classes

Added by Helen (Len) Leatherwood on June 21, 2016 at 3:38pm — No Comments

[THE WRITER'S LIFE] LEMONADE, ANYONE?

Everyone knows that you don’t pass up a kid’s lemonade stand. When you come upon a handmade sign, a wobbly card table and an icy pitcher of lemonade, you buy a cup. If the beverage looks a little sketchy, you don’t say, “no thanks, I’m not thirsty,” you say, “Yum. I think I’ll save this for later,” and you walk…

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Added by Cindy Eastman on June 20, 2016 at 2:30pm — 1 Comment

Lit Life | Take a Creative R&R Walk

I recently shared a review essay of Natalie Goldberg’s The True Secret of Writing on Simon & Schuster’s “Off the Shelf” blog. While I haven’t adapted the exact discipline Goldberg outlines in…

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Added by Lori A. May on June 19, 2016 at 5:30am — No Comments

Five Reasons Why Readers Don't Leave Reviews and my Big ASK!

As I evaluate my progress over the past two years in the world of independent publishing and mark off checklists (website –check, blog – check, email capture – check, newsletter – check, professional cover designs – check, copy-editor – check, beta-readers – check) there is one area where I am sadly lacking – book…

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Added by Patricia Robertson on June 13, 2016 at 11:41am — No Comments

Thought for the Day

Posted Thought for the Day, quoting writer George Saunders on revision:

http://writingwithoutpaper.blogspot.com/2016/06/thought-for-day_12.html

Added by Maureen E. Doallas on June 12, 2016 at 10:21am — No Comments

How Much Does It Cost to Publish a Book?

   As you write your book, you might be considering to publish it once you're done writing and polishing your masterpiece, but the last thing on your mind is how much it might cost.

 When you start to get serious about self-publishing though, you might start to realize that it takes a lot of time, detail, patience, and more than a few dollars to prepare your book for publication. You have to pay for getting your book copyrighted, you have to hire a book cover artist or…

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Added by Ashley Earley on June 11, 2016 at 8:29am — No Comments

I’ve been told that some of my stories are incomplete in form. They don’t have the standard type of plot-arc and resolution.  “Where are you going with these?” They say. “These are just sketches.” (I…

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I’ve been told that some of my stories are incomplete in form. They don’t have the standard type of plot-arc and resolution.  “Where are you going with these?” They say. “These are just sketches.” (Interesting– That’s what the art critics and academicians of the 1890’s said about Claude Monet, who now in countless art history books is called “the Father of Impressionism.”)

If my stories don’t fit the formula for maximum sales, and if they only offer a glimpse of a…

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Added by Victoria Chames on June 10, 2016 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Plagiarism: You’re On a Highway to Hell

There is no question about the fact that plagiarism has become a widespread problem not only in an educational capacity, but also outside of it. There are so many industries where plagiarism is widespread and prevalent; there have been so many famous people who have been implicated of plagiarism. Careers have been destroyed and labels have been given. You have to understand that once you make plagiarism a habit, you are indeed travelling on a highway straight to career…

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Added by Sandy Clarksons on June 8, 2016 at 4:48am — No Comments

Writing Tip: Save Deleted Scenes and Language

It goes without saying that when it comes time to revise the first draft of your manuscript, much of it is going to end up on the cutting room floor. Whether it's due to shifting plotlines, characters that no longer work, or scenes that are too long, removal is part of the process. (And of course, some of what we all write the first time around is simply...awful.)

The delete key doesn't have to mean the end,…

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Added by Maria Murnane on June 6, 2016 at 8:00am — 3 Comments

[SWP: Behind the Book] Loss and Gain in the Translation

My entire adult life, English has been my working language. I was schooled in British English (I still say hoover, duvet and queue). During my job as development associate in Nepal my boss corrected my written reports according to her…

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Added by Lone Morch on June 3, 2016 at 12:00pm — 3 Comments

Staring into space

As much as I like reading and writing, some days you have to go outside and stare at the horizon. Miles and miles and miles away.  Restful for the eyes.…

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Added by Valerie Bonham Moon on May 31, 2016 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Publishing Another Book

 Ready for some awesome news?



I’m in the process of publishing another book!

It sort of just happened, but I’m glad I jumped into this. I’m constantly looking for book covers, even if I’m not interested in publishing a book yet, so that was what I was doing this weekend when I came across a cover that I absolutely fell in love with and had to have, right then and there.



After I wrote The Darkest Light, I started another book that I set in Paris about a girl that…

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Added by Ashley Earley on May 30, 2016 at 8:06pm — No Comments

The Importance of Connections

As a writer, we sometimes get wrapped up in our own little bubbles. We spend our free time composing interesting works around topics that we feel passionate about, or want the outside world to know about. If others feel strongly for our passion, they may share our works with their friends or peers. In many cases, this sharing allows us to build a bigger network, and form connections outside of our pen and paper, or computer keys that we often get caught up in.

Why are …

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Added by Donna Fitzgerald on May 27, 2016 at 11:18am — No Comments

How to Turn Your ‘Off’ Writing Days Into ‘On’ Days

When it comes to the discipline of writing, there’s a lot of talk about showing up. Butt in chair. Schedule the time. Keep your dates with yourself. All of this is good advice, and the most successful and prolific authors have the disposition or the drive or the self-governance required to stay the course on the long and arduous journey of writing a book, or multiple books.…

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Added by Brooke Warner on May 27, 2016 at 10:30am — 5 Comments

Talking Craft with Urban Fantasy Author Christine Amsden

Christine is the award-winning author of the Cassie Scot series, the story of the only ungifted scion of a family of powerful sorcerers. Her latest novel, Kaitlin’s Tale, follows the trials of Cassie’s best friend as she falls in love with Cassie’s arch-nemesis. Christine’s other titles include The Immortality VirusTouch…

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Added by Mayra Calvani on May 26, 2016 at 10:25am — No Comments

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