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September 2 Remember—Part IV

I’m writing this post on the day my mother would have turned 103 years old if she were still alive. She lived to be 89-1/2. Bless her heart. I remember and honor her and Aunt Helen, because they were identical twins. Who in your life used to be there, but isn’t anymore, because of separation or death? #September2Remember @donnalhsmith @a3writers

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Plotting 4 Pantsers – Part I

There are “outliners” or “plotters” in fiction writing. And then, there are “pantsers.” Plotters/outliners write out the essence of every scene and chapter before they write the first sentence. Pantsers, on the other hand, may have anywhere from a general idea to an informal “outline” of a few plot points they’d like to have in their story. They sit down at their keyboard, and it just sort of “flows” out. Many of us fiction writers are a combination. I figure I’m about 30% plotter and 70% pantser. I must know what story I’m going to tell and have a few general plot points to get the story where I want it to go. But how it gets there is all the fun. Are you a plotter or a pantser? #amwriting #plotting4pantsers @donnalhsmith @a3writers Tweetable

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Achievable Believable Character Transformation

Romans 12:2 says, “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” This verse says a lot about our character as people. Character transformation should also be the basis for your major characters. When our characters transform during the course of our story, we have achieved one of the goals of our story. @donnalhsmith #charactertransformation TWEETABLE

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September 2 Remember — Part II Where Were You?

It was a beautiful, sunshine-y day, seventeen years ago. I’m not one to get up and turn on the news. My mother lived with us and she had an eye appointment with an optometrist in the late morning. #September2Remember @donnalhsmith @a3writers

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The Romance Plot—Part V

We’re looking at some of my “favorite” types of romance plot. We know they all have in common the guy and the girl. They will end up together. The fun part is making up the story that brings them together. In essence, we play matchmaker. @donnalhsmith @a3writers #TheRomancePlot Click to Tweet

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The Romance Plot—Part IV

There are numerous romance plot types, but we’ll only look at a few of them—my “favorite” types. What they all have in common is the guy and the girl. The man and the woman. These two will end up together. It’s the details of how, why, when, where, and what happens to them to get them together. That’s the fun! @donnalhsmith @a3writers #TheRomancePlot Click to Tweet

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The Augustness of August—Part IV

It’s definitely summertime here. There’s a heat advisory for today (Tuesday), and I’m going to be hibernating inside in my comfy air conditioning. That’s August here in Pennsylvania. It can be cool one day and really hot the next. What’s your favorite summertime memory from the past? We’re going to look at that, today, as we read the lyrics of Nat King Cole’s song, “In the Good Old Summertime.” @donnalhsmith @a3writers #IntheGoodOldSummertime #AugustnessofAugust

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