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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 […]



When I first starting writing Shadowed in Silk I didn’t plan on it being a series, but as the story took shape I realized there was just too much going on in the lives of my secondary characters. The full story could only be told in a three book series Twilight of the British Raj. […]

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 […]

Pixar’s 22 Rules of Storytelling

 Pixar is the animation computer studio in California that has created many successful animated movies, such as: Toy Story, Cars, Finding Nemo, among many others. The company, purchased in 2006 by Disney Studios, has produced some of the highest grossing films in the movie industry. One of the reasons for Pixar’s success is following a […]

The Story In the Story Within the Story

As authors, awareness comes each time we begin a novel. We bring to the story a reflection of ourselves. This doesn’t mean a memoir or autobiography. It’s far more subtle than that. Our attitudes, values and beliefs come from who we are, our past experiences, family, friends, lifestyle, education, and values. Our writing voice, our […]

Story Concept Template

Michael Hauge is known as one of the finest screenwriters in the country and he understands the concepts of good writing.  He is popular at writers’ conferences and I’ve had the pleasure of being part of a full day workshop with him. Subscribing to his Story Mastery site is very worthwhile.  Although he writes about screenwriting, most […]

Creative Brainstorming Fiction

A writer friend brought my attention to a website that will give you some very creative ideas to help you with writing fiction. It’s a brainstorming tool that I found extremely interesting.  The Periodic Table of Storytelling is the first page, and though I didn’t spend much time there, I was very intrigued by the […]

Story Part IV – Following the Rules

When creating story, the author should remember that each genre has its own set of patterns or “rules.” By rules, I mean reader expectations and qualities editors look for in your manuscript. These patterns or rules do not exclude creativity. If that were so, authors would lose their spirit. Within the expected genre patterns, authors […]

Story Part III: The Premise

Premise is another factor that happens early in the planning as you build your story. Premise is hypothesis of your novel, the assumptions that come from the basic idea. From the way you build your story, readers presume the story will follow a logical pattern, so authors can be assured that readers have expectations. The […]

Story Part II: Where To Begin

The first step is finding stor(y)ies come from everywhere. Pieces of story elements pop into my mind in a variety of ways—song lyrics, magazine articles, newspaper or TV reports and features, movies or novels that trigger new ideas, interviews, friends and family’s experiences, observing others, and from my own experiences. And since I write Christian […]