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SEQUENTIAL ORDER

HOW TO FOLLOW A SCENE

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The page has turned. Pete, from yesterday’s post, is gripping the windowsill, watching in horror as his father drags away the lifeless corpse of a deceased man. Now what? What we just wrote was the scene in SCENE-IT.

Now we’re going to write what Swain refers to as the sequel. It’s the follow-up moment or scene. I disagree with swain in that this “sequel” must be a few lines. I have written “sequels” that have been several pages long. But what is a sequel? Continue reading

SCHOOL MESSED ME UP

HOW TO RID OUR NOVELS OF SENSELESS SYMBOLS

We learned in school that we should analyze a work to find the hidden themes and symbols, etc. It was not uncommon to pull out our magnifying glasses as we inspected the literary works for their motifs.

What this has done to many writers is that it has compelled them to install these mechanical devices into their own works in an attempt to generate deeper levels of meaning. It sounds like a great idea, right? And in our modern times, no one wants to be thought of as superficial. Being superficial is the new “idiot,” as far as I’m concerned. Continue reading

VILLAINS ARE PEOPLE TOO

GIVE’EM THE RESPECT THEY DESERVE

For this thread, I’m going to talk about the most common villain type which is the villain who is a person, as opposed to a disease or time or a mountain quest or the sea (as in THE OLD MAN AND THE SEA).

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HE’S GOTTA’ GUN!

EVERYONE RESPONDS DIFFERENTLY

With this thread, I would like to explore some action vs. reaction for your characters. What we want to do is to take real responses and broadcast them in our novels to make fuller characters. Every character should respond differently to stimuli in your fiction no matter what genre you’re writing.

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CHARACTER CHARACTER

THIS IS NOT LITTLE CAESAR’S PIZZA

Character character is my fun way of saying that, in fiction, your characters have to possess some sense of morality. There has to be a standard. Nonfiction is different, because whenever we read nonfiction, we filter it through our own morality.

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