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Writing Your Story from the Middle––Part I

It’s a radical concept. Generally, the middle is the hardest place to write through. I’ve already talked about keeping the middle from “sagging” in your story. But did I once ever discuss this radical concept I’m about to introduce? I don’t think so. It doesn’t matter whether you’re a plotter, a panster, or something in-between. This new approach will bring depth and richness to your manuscript. Click to Tweet #amwriting #writefromthemiddle

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Writing Romance 101––Part III

Crafting the Heroine. The heroine is the key to any romance. Yes, we women also want a great guy for her to end up with, and we’ll talk about crafting him, too, at a later date. The romantic heroine is the reader’s alter ego. She controls everything the reader feels. Click to Tweet #amwriting #writingromance101 #craftingtheheroine

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Writing Romance 101––Part I

So, you think you want to write a romance? It’s a great genre. We all love fairy tales where the prince and the princess live happily ever after, right? That’s probably where romance got its start. A story with a happy ending, where guy meets girl. They get together. Live happy. Click to Tweet #amwriting #romancewriting101

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Keeping the Middle Moving––Part VI

Choose your scenes wisely. But which to choose? There are certain types of scenes that, if utilized, can ramp up your action, create tension, and keep your middle from bogging down. There is one scene type you won’t want to use. We’ll cover that next week. Use the chase, the fight, and the romance, to help keep the middle moving. Click to Tweet #keepmiddlemoving #amwriting

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Keeping the Middle Moving––Part IV

What kinds of horrendous happenings can you throw in? Oftentimes, the middle gets bogged down because you’re slowly setting up for the climax, but the middle needs it’s own climax to keep it going. Disasters are great for keeping the middle moving. Weather, natural, or manmade disasters can spur on action and help develop depth of character. Click to Tweet #keepmiddlemoving #amwriting

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Creating Suspense––Part V

cary-grant-nnwDamsels in distress, the clock is ticking, someone’s about to go over the edge. The Perils of Pauline, where she would be put in a dangerous situation, especially hanging off a cliff to keep from falling many feet below to her death. Would she escape? The term “cliff-hanger” comes from the silent film era. Click to Tweet #amwriting #creatingsuspense

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Creating Suspense––Part IV

creating-suspenseEvery genre can utilize these suspense techniques to create tension and generate a page turner. We’re looking at different suspense threads. Last week, we looked at Macro and Scene suspense. This week, we’ll look at Hypersuspense and Paragraph Suspense. What drives suspense? It’s that question: What will happen next? Click to Tweet #amwriting #creatingsuspense

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