Last night was an important deadline for many. Blood, sweat and tears, brought many close--and some to success. How did you fair?
The Light Grows Shorter
E. L. Doctorow said, "Writing a novel is like driving a car at night. You can only see as far as your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way." and it is to this doctrine I subscribe however, I find the beam is weakening as I approach the NaNoWriMo deadline. I have …
To avoid criticism, say nothing, do nothing, be nothing. --Fred Shero
What Do You Want?
“What do you want?" "Just coffee. Black - like my soul.” ― Cassandra Clare, City of Bones
Accomplices To Your Lies
“All readers come to fiction as willing accomplices to your lies. Such is the basic goodwill contract made the moment we pick up a work of fiction.” —Steve Almond, WD
The Epic Struggle
“Writing a book is a horrible, exhausting struggle, like a long bout of some painful illness. One would never undertake such a thing if one were not driven on by some demon whom one can neither resist nor understand.” —George Orwell
Plot Holes Take the Bite Out of Your Story!
Disjointed Jottings by Robert Smith (A.K.A. TyCobbsTeeth)
Tweet, Tweet — Twiddle, Twiddle, here comes another plot with a hole in the middle.
If you fail to explain how A connects to B, or state something that doesn’t make sense (without explanation), then you have left a plot hole.
You want your readers to get swept away in your story and be completely immersed. A plot hole can destroy that experience. If the reader drops out of the ride, in order to examine something that doesn’t make sense, you’ve lost them.
You may be too close to the story to see the holes. As you read through it, those gaps may be appear bridged, since the story did come from your head. The answers to those questions are in your noggin, so it doesn’t seem off. Have someone else read through your book, to make sure you didn’t leave any plot holes.
Remember, the reader badly wants to…
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3 Keys for Learning to Write
1. Spend more time writing: (Practice makes perfect) It makes sense right --you will not become great at a sport unless you practice that sport--a lot. There is strong evidence that this is true for writing too. Five studies of exceptional literacy teachers found that great teachers ask their students to write frequently. In nine …
WE DON’T HAVE A CHOICE –They did.
As war and armed conflict rage around the globe, we who live in relatively peaceful countries, have a lot to remember --and a lot to be thankful for. Between November 9 and November 11, thoughts of the many brave and selfless souls, who have given life and limb for our freedom, will grace our consciousness, and at eleven …
Progress Feels Good
Day One of NaNoWriMo is almost behind us. October's apprehension, anxiousness, and anticipation all crashed into each other at the 11:59 starting-line --and waited. Halloween was a good distraction --it may be my favorite day of the year, but this year was different, I almost couldn't wait to get it behind me. You see --this is my first NaNoWriMo --this is …