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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 […]

Conflicts, hooks, characterization in a novel?

Another new author asked a very complex question about conflicts and hooks when the novel isn’t a suspense.. Most of you know the importance of conflicts and hooks in any kind of novel, but here was my response to her question—both an explanation and advice. Gail said:Your questions are so complex I’d have to write workshops for […]

Question: How Do You Create A Rough Plot Outine?

Numerous questions were asked by writers in my online course in January.  I wanted to share this one with you.My question is this: Do I start with a rough outline of scenes, using the checklist to insure the scene is driving the story, then go onto adding in sequels and plotting hooks? My response:  I […]

Five Steps to Write Forward-Moving Scenes

One of the basic errors of authors, especially ones who are learning to write fiction, is creating scenes that go nowhere. Yes, I know, in the eyes of the writer, the scene does important things. I thought the same thing when I started writing.  In romance, I thought a scene where the hero and heroine […]

Tension and Conflict Part 6 – Scene and Sequel Structure

Creating strong emotional tension is needed for conflict to be as effective as it can. As mentioned in a previous blog article on Tension and Conflict, conflict is the action and tension is the emotional response to that action. An author can enhance tension by creating effective pacing techniques. This has to do with a […]