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Where do you get your ideas?

Where do you get your ideas?

This is one of the most annoying questions a writer is asked. Ideas are everywhere. It isn’t a paucity of  ideas that is a problem, it is the time and effort it takes to translate those ideas to stories. I take ideas from anywhere –…

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Plot, Setting and Character Mashed Together

Plot, Setting and Character Mashed Together

Readers make assumptions about the plot when they read details of the setting and wonder about what action will occur there. To some extent, the setting dictates the plot. On a cattle ranch, a cattle stampede is possible; in an underwater environment, lack of oxygen…

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Character Names

Character Names

Picking names for a character is much like picking names for a baby, except you usually don’t have partners, mothers, best friends and total strangers giving you advice about it. If you want to call your character Hortense Hildigard Schmooner, you can. And that might…

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Age-Appropriate Critics

Age-Appropriate Critics

When you decide for which age group you want to write, read as many books written for that group as you can. Analyze what makes the stories so compelling. How old are the characters? (Typically, they are about two years older than the oldest intended…

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Ouch,! We do need a critic.

Ouch,! We do need a critic.

Writing is all about feelings: yours, the character’s, and the reader’s. It takes fortitude to deal with all this emotion. And then, once you have written the story and been as true as you can be to your own beliefs, respected the reader, and tried…

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