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The Scene Outlining Method

The Scene Outlining Method

What’s up Padawan’s! Today I’ll be typing at you about my scene outlining process. I made this my next post because I covered my Plot Point Method last time, and in that post I mentioned my scene outlining. And instead of making you wait, I wanted to jump on it. It’s also because I’m in an especially good mood. The pancakes I made for breakfast this morning were very delicious. Yum. You can think of scenes as mini-plots within themselves,…

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All About Plot Points

All About Plot Points

Greetings, padawan 🧙‍♂️ I hope that wherever you are, life is glorious! And to make it just a little more amazing, today I’ll be telling you all about plot points… Yay! You luck dogs. Now, in the world of writing, there are a lot of different ‘methods’ out there in regards to structuring your novel. There are energetic markers, three acts, four acts, the hero’s journey, and so many more. You could choose a different structuring method with each new…

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Pixar’s 22 Rules of Storytelling

Pixar’s 22 Rules of Storytelling

Pixar rocks, duh, and is probably (guessing here…) one of the most recognizable film studios in the world. Let’s skim over some facts, since I spent the time doing the research 😉 Pixar’s films have been awarded 485 awards, including 18 Academy Awards, 10 Golden Globes, and 11 Grammys. 14 Pixar films are among the top 50 highest grossing films ever, and it has produced 24 feature films and counting. People, that’s some serious story telling power! Aside from the…

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A Guide to Character Motivation

A Guide to Character Motivation

No joke, Padawan, I sat down to write a blog post and I was like “characters!” And I was all excited because out of everything, characters are my favorite. But then I was staring at my blank screen and was like… dude… where do I start? Characters are so much more complicated than a single post could ever possibly explore. Seriously! So then I was like all sad, because I was thinking I couldn’t write what I wanted to and…

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The Ultimate Character Map

The Ultimate Character Map

Greetings again, grasshopper! I’m very excited to share with you my very own character map, created with my own hands…well, fingers, considering I typed it all out. I assembled this precious document after scouring the interwebs and failing to find one that satisfied me. If you google ‘character map’ there are TONS of examples out there, but none that cover everything I think needs to be covered. Some were really long and contained extra information that wasn’t really necessary. Others…

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How to Write the Beginning of a Great Story

How to Write the Beginning of a Great Story

Let’s talk beginnings, young padawan. There are some out there in Storyteller Land that will say the ending is the most important part. But I disagree. I think the beginning of a story is more critical. Why? Because I say so 😁 But really, I have reasons. Good reasons. Are you ready for them? Of course you are, because you’re still reading! Are you? Please say you are… #1: The Hook Any story worth their salt has a killer hook….

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What Does A Developmental Editor Do?

What Does A Developmental Editor Do?

What does a developmental editor do? Lucky for you I have a fantastic answer… Stuff! A developmental editor does stuff 😂 Not what you wanted to hear? Fine. Because I *really* like you, I’ll go into more detail, just this once. A developmental editor examines a manuscript and analyzes it for story-centric strengths and flaws. That’s the over simplified answer, but fundamentally what a developmental editor does. As a developmental editor, I would take all those words crammed into sentences…

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The 3 Different Types of Editing

The 3 Different Types of Editing

Some folks will insist there are actually four types of editing, but I’m in the “three types” camp, so that’s how we’re going to roll. Now, I’m sure you’re thinking you’ve got to be joking, right? Three types of edits! Nah, editing is editing! Alas young Padawan, there ARE actually three main types of editing that a manuscript can go through, and three specific pieces of information you need to know for each, so here goes: Content/Developmental editing What does…

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Writer’s Block Doesn’t Exist

Writer’s Block Doesn’t Exist

The age-old struggle of writers all over the world. Can you imagine Tolstoy, Tolkien, or Sanderson smashing their head over and over on the keyboard?   I can’t. Because…queue dramatic music…I don’t believe in writer’s block. I believe in being creatively drained, sick and tired of a specific story or character. I believe in being unable to think coherently due to lack of rest, stress, or crappy eating habits. I believe in being depressed or anxious. But do I believe…

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My Quest to Perfect My Writing Craft

My Quest to Perfect My Writing Craft

If you’ve read my In The Beginning post, then you’ve seen the first paragraph of my first attempt at writing a book. That beast is bad, bordering on atrocious :/ Did you spot the inconsistencies? There are several, in just one paragraph. And the grammar (and the punctuation, or lack thereof), also left much to be desired. I mean, if that’s not atrocious I don’t know what is. To be fair though, as I was writing that first story I wasn’t thinking…

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