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Pumping Up The Sagging Middle Part 2

Besides basic rules of good writing and strategic planning found in Part 1, other techniques to pump up the middle depends on the genre and book length, here are some of them. 1.  Replace Motivation Motivation is what influences a person to create a goal. What is their want or need? What causes the character […]

How To Pump Up The Sagging Middle – Part 1

How can authors avoid a sagging middle. Recently I presented a workshop to authors in various stages of writing, and as we talked, it’s evident that no matter how many novels an author writes, the sagging middle sneaks up every once in a while. The opening can come easy to writers–begin at the point of change, […]


Don’t Make Their Lives Easy – by Gail Gaymer Martin

Too often authors make situations too easy for characters. They like the people they create, and just as they want happiness and success for their real life friends, they want the same for their characters. But a novel with easy to resolved problems is really a “why bother” story. Real life piles problems on people […]

Undercover Marriage

Plotting Style That Works

Today’s guest blogger is Terri Reed. a multi-award winning novelist who made her dream come true. Look for her newest release, Undercover Marriage, wherever good books are sold. Thanks, Terri, for your information and  encouragement to writers who are still looking for their dream. Plotting Style That Works People often ask me about my process in […]

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The 7C’s Method Of Plotting – by Winnie Griggs

  My gust blogger today is  Winnie Griggs, author of historical romacnes and an occasional contemprorary, but after the publicastion of thirteen novels, she is a good one to share her expertise in plotting. I hope you enjoy and learn some new ideas from Winnie’s The 7C’s Method Of Plotting When it comes to plotting, writers […]

Advice For Novelists From Hollywood – Part 2

Advice For Novelists Part 1 contained suggestions on a new approach to evaluating how a novel is written. Rather than following the typical rules taught in most workshop, Ted Baehr, media critic and Chairman of the Christian Film and Television Commission and publisher and Editor-in-Chief of Movieguide, a website and biweekly journal that evaluates motion […]

Advice For Novelists From Hollywood - Part 1

Advice For Novelists From Hollywood – Part 1

Although novels and screenplays are two different animals, novelists can benefit from understanding the techniques screen writers use to create dynamic stories. I attended a workshop on How To Succeed In Hollywood, presented by Ted Baehr, media critic and Chairman of the Christian Film and Television Commission and publisher and Editor-in-Chief of Movieguide, a website […]

The Heart of Your Novel – Part 2

The Heart Of Your Novel Part 1 covered ways to avoid being overwhelmed by rules and formulas of fiction writing and neglect the heart of the story. Numerous elements were listed that make your novel full and better than if you ignored them. Part 2 will cover the specific building blocks that will help you […]

Subplots Can Deepen A Story

Subplots are stories within your story. They have a similar structure—beginning, middle, end—but they cannot overshadow the main plot. Instead they should enhance the main plot by providing complication to the life of a main character, foreshadowing an event to come in the main character’s life, reflecting the main character’s growth as he comes to […]

Writing A Novel: The Seven Story Beats

A writer friend of mine drew my attention to this post from Billy Mernit, who shared the seven story beats in his book, Writing the Romantic Comedy. Mernit breaks the romance storyline into seven basic pieces, or “beats.” It’s well known that novelists structure novels like plays or movies: in three acts. In a romance, […]