Category Archives: Thoughts

Acts of a Story

I’m slowly outlining a series where every book has a 4 Act structure.  It’s rather defined too with a ‘mini-climax’ occurring at the end of each section.  This has been the style for this series for a while, but I’m … Continue reading

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So you want to use Elemental magic in your story?

Last week I talked about elements in fiction. Today, I’ll make that helpful . . . entertaining . . . I promised a list, so I’m going to do it. Don’t say I never deliver even if the end result … Continue reading

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Elements in Fiction

It actually took me years to realize that the Fantastic Four were based on the four elements.  In my defense, I was into Spider-Man and the X-Men, so I barely paid attention to the FF unless they made a cameo.  … Continue reading

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Throwback Post- Present Vs. Past Tense: A Curious History

Originally posted on April 10, 2013.  This has been unaltered.  In fact, I didn’t even re-read it, so I’m going to keep myself in the dark.  (I did notice that it ends with me talking about my 4th book. You … Continue reading

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Weather and Writing

I’m writing this post in late February, so there is snow everywhere.  Colds are a scourge and I sometimes see my breath . . . while in the house.  It’s freaking cold and I’m sure we’ve all heard/seen the rants.  … Continue reading

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The Outline: A Plotter’s Plan

I talk about having outlines and making plans before I write.  These act like a ‘baby draft’ and make the creation of a first draft smoother.  At least to me.  It’s this part of my writing system that makes me … Continue reading

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Action and Knowing Your Character

I’ve talked about writing action scenes before and people still ask for some tips.  Today I’m going to give a few that center on knowing your character.  Some might be repeats from other posts, but it doesn’t hurt to hear … Continue reading

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