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Writers: Pantser, Plotter … Roadster?

By William F. Wu

I have known a lot of professional, much-published writers over the years and the pantser/plotter descriptions fit everybody to some degree. The pantser, of course, writes with minimal advance plotting by the seat of the proverbial pants and the plotter prefers to have a detailed outline while writing.… Read the post

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Share Your Work on Podcasts (and Get Asked Back)

by J. Alexander Greenwood

Image is of a young woman in a purple dress speaking expressively into a microphone sharing her work on podcasts.

Self-promotion is one of the most challenging aspects of being a writer. As a writer and public relations consultant, I know it’s tough to get booked on TV, radio, or elsewhere to talk about books. But there is good news: podcasts about writing and books are abundant, and if you find the good ones, you can earn new readers.… Read the post

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Ten Questions to Ask Your Characters

by Eldred Bird

When it comes to plotting out a new story, I’ll admit I’m a hardcore pantser, but when creating characters, not so much. I need to know who I’m writing about before I can tell their tale. My theory is the more real the character is to me, the more real I’ll be able to make them for the reader.… Read the post

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Discovering Story Magic: The X-Factor

by Laura Baker

There are two parts to a story: story and character.  They depend on each other to make the story whole.  But let’s depart from the usual and take a different look at the story and the character.

At the heart of every story is a character who faces a struggle and makes a discovery.

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Eight Ways to Stay Open to Story

by Monica Corwin

Inspiration starts in the brain. I’ll save the health and wellness lecture for another time, but please make a note that your diet, exercise, and sleep all affect your brain’s neuroplasticity, allowing for what I like to call free-range inspiration.… Read the post

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