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Writing Resource—Formatting & Submitting Your Manuscript—Part III

format-submit manuscriptThis week, I’m continuing my series on tips for novel synopsis formatting. Here’s the only place you can “tell” rather than “show.” Click to Tweet #amwriting #synopsis

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Formatting & Submitting Your Manuscript – Part II

format-submit manuscriptThis week, I’ll begin a series of posts based on this resource. Even though it’s six years old, it’s still a great place to start. Since I’m a fiction writer, I’ll deal with Chapter 5: Novels. I recently re-posted from February, the first article from this resource that discussed cover letters. Today, let’s talk synopsis. A synopsis provides the main storyline of your novel. Click to Tweet #amwriting #synopsis

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Show vs. Tell — Part I

Self Editing for Fiction Writers
Self Editing for Fiction Writers

Self-Editing for Fiction Writers
By Renni Browne & Dave King
Second Edition

I was recently in a small group of writers and we were discussing show and tell. Or should I say show vs. tell. The old way of writing was tell, describe, narrate. The new way of writing is scenes, show, illustrate with words. Show, don’t tell. Why? Click to Tweet #amwriting #showvtell #selfediting

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Plot Patterns—Part IV Power & Allegory

plot-structureThe last few weeks we’ve been looking at plot patterns as outlined in James Scott Bell’s Plot & Structure. This week, we’ll wrap up plot systems with Power and Allegory. #plotting #plotpatterns Click to Tweet To access previous posts, click here.

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Plot Patterns—Part I

plot-structureToday I’ll be using two resources to talk about plot patterns. One is James Scott Bell’s Plot & Structure. The other is DiAnn Mills’ Dance of Character & Plot. I’m using both, because even though what they say is similar, the way they say is different. Both perspectives can broaden your understanding of plotting. Click to Tweet #Plotpatterns #Plotting

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Plotting Systems—Part II

plot-structureLast time, I surveyed what plotting systems could work for a “pantser” or a “No Outline Person.” (NOP). I’m using James Scott Bell’s Plot & Structure. #amwriting #plotting systems #plotsystems. What are you—an OP or an NOP? Click to Tweet

Let’s take a look at the various plotting systems outliners or Outline Persons use, from index cards, to headlights, to the Borg.


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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”