Writing, Writing Ideas, Writing Resources

Researching Your Story—Part II

train-4My first post a few months ago was called “Research—Imperative for Writers.” That’s a given. I gave a couple examples of what I’d researched for “Meghan’s Choice” and how I used them. I’m going to dig a little deeper and give you some research resources today. Click to Tweet. #storyresearch #storyworld #amwriting

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Plotting, Writing, Writing Resources

Plotting Systems—Part I

James Scott Bell's Plot & Structure
James Scott Bell’s Plot & Structure

In his book, Plot & Structure, James Scott Bell talks about two kinds of fiction writers: OPs and NOPs. To outline or not to outline, that is the question. #amwriting #tooutlineornot Bell encourages new fiction writers to try a little of both. Continue reading “Plotting Systems—Part I”

Writing, Writing Emotion, Writing Resources

Writing Unforgettable Fiction—Part III

Story Trumps StructureLast week, I talked about plot twists from Steven James’ Story Trumps Structure. This week, we’ll look at Character Struggles.

Here’s a great way to start it out: “To initiate your story, your protagonist will either 1) lose something vital and try to regain it, 2) see something desirable and try to obtain it, or 3) experience something traumatic and try to overcome it.” Pg. 42.

There are three basic types of character struggles: internal, interpersonal, and external. Click to Tweet

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Blogging, Encouragement, Holidays, Inspirational

Happy One Year Anniversary – yesterday

One Year Old yesterday!
One Year Old yesterday!

On February 17, 2014, I started this blog with a very short post about a novel process. Since then, we’ve grown some. This blog has readers from around the world, well over 40 countries. I get the statistics, and I know what you read, and what you don’t. I think, and correct me if I’m wrong, but those of you from other countries like my stuff on writing. Many of you from the U.S. like my other stuff. So that’s why I’m doing two things with this blog, writing and faith/life.

I’m in the mood to give away some things. If you are a NEW follower this week, you may have already won a $10 Amazon gift card. Leave a comment and let me know that you’re new. 🙂

If you’ve followed me from the beginning, and are a writer, with a blog or a novel in process, I’m going to give you your choice of writing resources from my library – IF you don’t already have it. What you’ll get is one sent to you identical to mine.  Write a comment that you’re interested. It’s a gift from me to you!

Giveaways for writers
Giveaways for writers

Here’s what I’m making available:

The Emotional Thesaurus – Ackerman & Puglisi

Writing the Breakout Novel Workbook – Maas

The Dance of Character and Plot – Mills

AND – if you love Christian fiction, I have a few giveaways here. Some are newer than others. But they’re all good. Max Lucado’s book is an uncorrected advance copy given to me last September. I’m not charging for it.

Christian Fiction and The Voice New Testament - claim yours!
Christian Fiction and The Voice New Testament – claim yours!

Hearts Awakening – Delia Parr

Somewhere to Belong – Judith Miller

Between Us Girls – Sally John

Beyond All Dreams – Elizabeth Camden

Sixteen Brides – Stephanie Grace Whitson

Miracle of the Higher Grounds Café – Max Lucado

Special Non-fiction – The Voice New Testament – Thomas Nelson publishers

For your chance to win any of these, leave a comment. Tell me what book you’re interested in and why you want it.

The fiction books are open to anyone who reads this blog and enjoys it. The New Testament is also for anyone who wants it.

I want everyone to be a winner! Unclaimed prizes will be carried over to next week – until they are all gone – or I take them out of circulation.

I like to give, and pass along what I have. Leave a comment and let me know what you’d like!

Encouragement, Writing

Writing Resources

My small library
My small library

Sometimes I think I’m a librarian with all the books I own. I live in the United States, and books, both print and electronic are easy to come by. So today, since some of you are not from the U.S., but represent 33 countries, I’m going to share with you some of the resources I have that I’ve learned some things from in my online writing classes, as well as books I’ve bought since.

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