Tag Archives: Narrative Structure

Writing Time, Part 84. Revising That Beloved Older Manuscript, Practical Tips, Part 1

If you’re revising an older novel in the midst of present-day writing projects, the process of chunking it down can be a lifeline to a busy writer. Here’s one way to begin it. Chunk 1. Mull it Over. This is … Continue reading

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Writing Time, Part 80. 10 Minutes and 1 Strategy for Moving Along a Manuscript

For those of us attempting to fit our full-time writing careers into our full-time lives, one great two-step strategy may help. Ask What one action comes next? Chunk the next stage of work down, to the smallest possible size. Of … Continue reading

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Writing Time, Part 74. Creating Suspense, 3 Ways

This is the third in a series of posts  on creating tension and one on sustaining suspense. I’m on panels talking about this at Creative Ink in Burnaby, BC, so it seems like a good moment to address ways to accomplish … Continue reading

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Writing Time, Part 72. Creating Tension and Suspense, With Thanks to The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo

I’m moderating a panel on creating tension and another on creating suspense, and it seems like a happy moment to address ways to accomplish this. As well, from the point of view of time management for writers, if we can … Continue reading

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Writing Time, Part 33. Nailing the Narrative Structure

“I don’t want to spoil the party, so I’ll go.” –Lennon-McCartney Of the three top reasons for rejecting short fiction, the too-slow emergence of the central conflict is the one I note most often. It was certainly the reason editors … Continue reading

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