New Blog Site Notification

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Hi all, I hope you are having a fabulous holiday season! I have created a new blog/website over at https://susanbrookswriter.com/ where The Writer’s Bag of Tricks will be posted. All the historical posts are there as well. I will continue to post to this site for limited time, but eventually this post site will go away. […]

Writer’s Block

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November is National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), and given the number of people participating, and the number of complaints about low word counts or zero word counts, I thought we should chat about writer’s block. What is writer’s block? If you look on Wikipedia, writer’s block is a “condition.” Writer’s block is a condition, primarily associated […]

It’s Time for the Climax

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The climax scene, that is. We’ve been thinking about scenes, and writing our novels in scenes, for some time as a way to improve all aspects of our books, and this week we will focus on the highest point of action and drama. First off, the climactic sc...

The Epiphany Scene

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Epiphany scenes are one of my favorites. I love learning new and transformative information as a reader. What is an epiphany? An epiphany is a sudden, intuitive perception of insight into the reality or essential meaning of something, usually initiated...

Flashback Scenes

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Admittedly, I am not a fan of the flashback scene, generally, because these tend to be written poorly and (mostly because I am in a snarky mood), end up being a huge information dump of weighed down cumbersome luggage. They wallow in or lean toward bor...