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Idea Development

Adding a Touch of Fantasy

Adding a Touch of Fantasy

A Session with Cara Sue Achterberg I’m not a fantasy writer. When I saw my novel I’m Not Her listed under Mystical Realism on Amazon, I blanched. But after I thought about it, I realized – we’re all fantasy writers. We, every one of us who strive to write fiction, are writing fantasy. None of […]

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Employing the Supernatural in a Non-Fantasy Story

Employing the Supernatural in a Non-Fantasy Story

A Session with Earl Javorsky So what do you do if you have a story to tell and you realize that the best way to tell it will require introducing an element that’s not quite, shall we say, of this world? Should you worry about narrowing your market or having your work be pigeonholed as fantasy, […]

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SYNOPSIS VS. OUTLINE

SYNOPSIS VS. OUTLINE

A Session with Leora Skolkin-Smith A large question when one is starting a new novel is whether or not to outline the plot, the characters, and all the characters’ actions. That is, to have a clear idea of its “arc”– its beginning, middle, and end which will tell the reader whether the protagonist gets what […]

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Figuring Out Your Strengths as a Writer

Figuring Out Your Strengths as a Writer

A Session with Steven Manchester   The first step in figuring out your strengths as a writer is to understand what inspires you as a writer. For me, it’s my children, my wife, my family, and the thoughts and feelings I want to share with them—the things in my life that evoke the most emotion […]

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Memoir vs. Novel: A Writer’s Perspective

Memoir vs. Novel: A Writer’s Perspective

A Session with Marcia Gloster My first book, 31 Days: A Memoir of Seduction, is the story of a specific time and place in my life. As a memoir, its perspective is mine, encompassing my perceptions and emotions. It was both revelatory and cathartic, and in writing it I rediscovered myself. As Tobias Wolff wrote […]

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A Novel Idea

A Novel Idea

A Session with Lynn Voedisch Writers often are besieged with that unanswerable question, “where do you get the ideas for your novels?” Most of the time, scriveners bury their heads and cry, “I don’t know. It just comes from my imagination.” However, the truth is that the germ of a novel almost always comes from […]

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Storyboarding for Depth and Clarity

Storyboarding for Depth and Clarity

A Session with Earl Javorsky There are lots of ways to create a novel. You can start with an idea—What if the Germans won World War Two?—then imagine an opening and just run with it, creating as you go. Or, you can start with a character, flesh the character out, put her in harmony with […]

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Why Characters Matter

Why Characters Matter

A Session with Lou Aronica I have a thesis about fiction readers that drives all of my thinking about the book business: fiction readers take fiction very seriously. There might have been a time when people read novels casually as part of their entertainment mix, but I think that happens very rarely now. Yes, your […]

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Orchestrating Your Book Idea Into a Symphony

Orchestrating Your Book Idea Into a Symphony

A Session with Roger Bagg I once read that the average novel was geared toward an eighth-grade education level. I disagree. The comment is rather disparaging of eighth graders, in that many of them are reading some of the great classics of literature which are hardly dumbed down. What is true is that an author’s […]

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