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Third act problems … and Solutions

Third act problems … and Solutions

FIXING A HOLE WHERE THE RAIN GETS IN:   Third act problems … and solutions A Session with Peter Seth   When I finished the first draft of the book that became my novel WHAT IT WAS LIKE, I didn’t think I had any Third Act problems. (For the sake of this article, when I […]

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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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A Copyediting Tutorial

A Copyediting Tutorial

A Session with Nora Tamada I’ve always been a lover of the written word; my childhood was spent reading voraciously and filling my days with dreams of far off places full of magic and adventure. When I reached my early teens, I began noticing little mistakes or awkward phrasing in books that would break the […]

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Timing is Everything, or Nothing

Timing is Everything, or Nothing

A Session with Mark Gilleo There are few things as important to a novel as timing, and few things as difficult to put one’s finger on. Timing is often ethereal, intangible, unremarkable, unconsidered. From a writer’s perspective, few things can be as elusive. And not only is proper timing difficult to embrace, poor timing can […]

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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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The Impact of Emotions 

The Impact of Emotions 

A Session with Marcia Gloster We all experience emotions, and they’re usually pretty easy to explain to others. So why is it difficult to translate them to the written page? In talking about an emotional moment, we use visual and verbal expression – we modulate our voice, use facial expressions, hand movements, and body language. […]

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The Three-Act Principle

The Three-Act Principle

A Session with Laurel Dewey The Art and Arc of Charting Your Novel Long before I ever considered writing a novel, I wrote screenplays. A lot of screenplays. I learned the art of screenplay writing from the best of the best. My mentors wrote in the “Golden Age” of television, where a solid story and […]

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