Writing Tip 21. A Five-Year Plan.

“You may wish to write down your five-year plan for writing, year by year.  What a splendid vista of accomplishment, I must say.” -Day 23, A Writer’s Boon Companion : Thirty Days to an Extraordinary Volume Dorothy Parker famously announced, “I hate writing. I love having written.” That little mot has been quoted much too […]

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Writing Tip 15. Developing Strong Characters. Intention vs Reaction.

Whether a manuscript crosses an editor’s desk, or is loaded onto an e-reader, readers will read on if the author invents characters in which they’re invested. There are a lot of ways to do that—resonance, unique situations, careful plotting–but the clear path most often missed in the manuscripts I read, is “protagonist’s choice, not reaction.” […]

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