Tag Archives: Writing

Storyboarding & The Story Bible: Breaking your book into bite-size chunks

SO IN BETWEEN folks going to the nursing home, another one who should be in hospice and one in just plain belongs in a looney bin for awhile, the writing goes on. One of the best things to keep me … Continue reading

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How to get out of your own Mushy Middle–in life and in writing

MY *FAMILY* INTERSECTS in two circles, me being the only thing in common. And both circles are cyclones right now. Surprisingly, I find myself in the Eye of the Storm. Calm in the middle, thunder and lightning crashing around me. … Continue reading

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Oh Austin, my Austin. How love includes loving the unlovable

I’M HOME FROM Houston (the anti-Austin), and I’m going through some mental knuckle-cracking. My sister is sick and won’t get better, but I’ve got her paperwork done, my Mama is sick, but it’s up to her to get better. I … Continue reading

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Kick Ass First Five Pages: Like a Cat–ruthless, with a little bit of butt-wiggling

EVER WATCH A cat take down its prey? Felines notice everything, all at once, and singularly focus on the task at hand *or paw, as the case may be.* A complete and utter widening of the eyes, muscles completely still, except the … Continue reading

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Into each life a little redneck must fall . . .

A WISE WOMAN once told me not to feel too bad about winding up with another Redneck, consoling me with,”Listen, Honey, into each life, a little redneck must fall.” I’m finished re-issuing Scoop (the book that won Mystery Guild Author … Continue reading

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Keeping track of pesky characters: How to use a Character Tracker

HAVE YOU EVER been happily reading one of your favorite authors and mid-way through, one of the names of the secondary (but key) character’s name changed? I know. Secondary Characters, Villains and their minions–it’s a lot to keep up with. … Continue reading

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I hate *Change*–turns out I’m not alone *How Change can fix your fiction

TODAY WE’RE LOOKING at Save the Cat Beats 4 & 5—The importance of The Call to Adventure, Refusing the Call, and a new look at The Wake Up Call . . . More than 99% of the people I know … Continue reading

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