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Choosing a Writing Method by Pamela Mytroen

Choosing a Writing Method by Pamela Mytroen

What writing method do you use for short stories or novels? There are many. There’s the Skeleton Method that Angela Hunt uses (and taught us at our Fall Conference). Or there’s the Chapter Method where the story is first summarized in one or two sentences and then each chapter is summarized on index cards. The (more…) →

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A Three Act Sandwich by Tracy Krauss

A Three Act Sandwich by Tracy Krauss

Building a Sandwich You may be familiar with the good old sandwich analogy. Take two pieces of bread—the beginning of the story and the ending—and layer the rest of the ingredients in between. This is the basic three act structure that fits almost every kind of fiction, no matter if it’s a play, a short (more…) →

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Middles by Janice L. Dick

Middles by Janice L. Dick

Middles have a way of sagging. I’m talking about books, of course! (adapted from http://www.coloring.ws/t.asp?b=m&t=http://www.coloring.ws/animals/horses/horse7.gif) (more…) →

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Effective Endings – Fiction 101 Part 1 by Janice L. Dick

Effective Endings – Fiction 101 Part 1 by Janice L. Dick

Satisfaction Guaranteed! That’s our motto. We want to make sure that once we’ve shared with our readers the journey our characters have taken, we also grant them a satisfying ending. It doesn’t matter how great the story is; it must leave us content on some level by the time we turn the final page. (more…) →

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