Should You Use a Pen Name? Part 3

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I’ve been chatting with some authors about the use of pen names. This week it’s Steven B. Moores, author of Dead on Cuban Time, Cherub’s Play, and Love’s Last Stand. Tell us about you as human, and you as author. In my day job I’m an attorney with the US Environmental Protection Agency, helping keep […]

Plot Part 7 โ€“ Complications

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You’ve (hopefully) worked out the beginning, climax, and ending of your new book by now and you’ve adjusted to make sure that these all work together well—at least so far as the outline is written to date. Don’t fret if you discover that you have to keep adjusting your plot as you go along. It […]

Should You Use a Pen Name Part 2

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I was asked recently about publishing under multiple names and this week we continue to explore the topic with author Lynn Carmer. Tell us about you as human, and you as author. Hello, I write red-hot and humorous romance novels under the pen names Lynn Carmer and Veva Sol. I write contemporary romance under my […]

Plot Part 6 โ€“ Endings

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We’ve talked about the inciting incident, and the climax in our plotting process. Now it’s time to consider the ending. Endings can be tricky. Endings should be gratifying and fulfilling for your reader. After all, the reader has invested their time into reading your ENTIRE book and unhappy readers are not good for writers. Make […]

Should You Use a Pen Name?

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I digress this week from the regularly scheduled post on plot and structure. I was asked about using a pen name, or not using a pen name. So I reached out to the fabulous and most spectacular Carol Berg to talk about her experience. If you are considering using a pen name vs your real […]

Happy Holidays

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I am taking the month of December off from posting and most social media. Let’s just call it a holiday gift to myself. See you in the new year! Keep working on plot and structure. S  

Plot Part 5 โ€“ The Climax

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Last time, we talked about the inciting incident— a great place to start thinking about the plot of your novel. This time I’d like you to think about the climax, which is the next plot point I think you should consider. The climax is that point in the narrative where the conflict or tension reaches […]

Plot Part 4: The Inciting Incident

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When you think of your story’s plot, it is helpful to think of a story’s parts to help you see the big picture and help you to begin to work out your story’s plot. All stories have beginnings, middles, and endings. They also have inciting incidents, midpoints, and climaxes. Regardless of the genre of book […]

Plot Part 3

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As mentioned last time, plot is the significant events and incidents that happen in a story and how these events relate to each other. But how do you create a plot? Can’t you just string some events together for your character to muddle through? You could do that, but that story structure generally results in […]

Plot Part 3

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As mentioned last time, plot is the significant events and incidents that happen in a story and how these events relate to each other. But how do you create a plot? Can’t you just string some events together for your character to muddle through? You could do that, but that story structure generally results in […]