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PenNames: a better name database

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Writers, this may sound familiar. You dream up a new character, and for a while it’s okay to refer to them in your head as ‘the dude’ or ‘heroine’ or ‘cat’, but eventually you run into that roadblock where you realize… I need to name these people. Happens every time. Around the same point where things start to ‘get real’, …

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Scrivener Image Cards

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Scrivener does a lot of nifty things. I think most people are aware by now that it has a cork board/index card function. Each text file has an accompanying information card, where you can put things like a description of what the file contains. These cards can then be displayed en mass and drag-and-dropped to reorder them. This is, as …

Plot Points for Characters

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Last week Writer Unboxed ran a piece called How to Craft a Page-Turning Plot by Cathy Yardley. While I was reading, something clicked in my brain.  The article is rather long, but the relevant part is under item 1. Apologies for such a long quote, but it’s totally worth reading the rest of the article. Essentially, Yardley is reframing the elements …

Central Casting

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On Writer Unboxed there’s a post called Central Casting by David Corbett. I find the premise a little alarming. Quoting Gore Vidal: [E]very writer has a given theater in his head, a repertory company. Shakespeare has fifty characters, I have ten, Tennessee has five, Hemingway has one, Beckett is busy trying to have none. You are stuck with your repertory company and …

Battling Egos in Romance

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I read a lot of blog posts on writing, thanks to Twitter. A lot of the information is on repeat, but not The Ego Struggle: The Core of the Romance Storyline posted by AndreaJWenger. I think this post has some solid insight. When it comes to romance, it’s about battling egos. It’s about changing in order to make the relationship work. That’s character arc …

A story without conflict…

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…well, that’s just not a story. Conflict is essential to story. Without it, there’s nothing to tell. It’s just, “Two ducks existed. They lived in harmony. The end.” Yesterday I got a beta reader request that began with, “It is a romance story that has no conflict, just pure adorableness.” What this writer meant was that the story contained no …