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Category: 30fps

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novel writing tips

Now that you have established a great foundation of conflict for your story, it’s time to put the finishing touches on act 1 of your 3-act breakdown. I love this phase of the process because I get to see the story bloom like a flower.

During this exercise, you will be forced to explore the feasibility of your story. You will have to face plot problems head on and work them out. You will discover nuances to your story that you haven’t yet considered. You will open new characters and log them into your character document. You will give yourself research assignments.


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novel writing tips

novel writing tips

Get ready to roll up your sleeves; its time to put some real elbow grease into your story structure. By now you have a good idea of what your story is going to be. You have probably been working on it in your head even when you are away from your word processor. The more you think about your story, the quicker you will find ways to add twists and turns to the plot and nuances to the characters. But it is essential to put your ideas down on paper.


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novel writing tips

Write what you know: It’s an old mantra that writers hear all the time from keynote speakers at writing conferences. Although it is important for you to write within the spectrum of your experience, it is also important to write a compelling story that convinces readers of the legitimacy of setting, feasibility, and character sincerity.


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By now you have a living story in your head. It’s scratching and clawing from the inside, trying to get out. To this point, you have barely dipped your pen in the inkwell by writing a logline and theme. You have started to organize your approach by putting together a story canon. It’s now time to craft a story skeleton upon which you can later hang all of the necessary organs and flesh (in some cases quite a gory endeavor). Time to add to your treatment document.


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Living as a writer, whether you are published or not, has many perks. The greatest of which, in my opinion, is the constant and unstoppable parade of stories in your head. Now that you have reached the point where you have written a logline and followed up with theme, the creative energy is undoubtedly sparking. You find yourself thinking about your story often. You can’t help it. You can be anywhere, doing anything, and your story comes to mind. Your characters speak to you (hopefully you don’t converse with them—audibly at least). The plot of your story begins to roll out on the floor of your imagination like a tapestry of color and intersecting lines. You smell what your characters smell; you see what your characters see; you sympathize with their pain and revel in their triumphs.


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NOTE: These articles work as a step-by-step guide. To get the most out of them, you should start from the first article in this series.

Now that you have an effective logline written for your novel, it’s time to breath life into your idea by giving it a clearly defined theme. You might be thinking, “Theme? Come on, Craig, I’m not writing one of Aesop’s fables.” To that I say, not so fast. There is a strong argument for theme. Read on to find out more.


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Ever dreamed of writing the next great American novel? The truth is, there’s a book in everyone. If you set your mind to it and use the right tools to plan out your process, you can finish a great novel. I just finished my 3rd novel, Allied Zombies for Peace. As I sat down to […]


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It isn’t exactly clear where generation names come from; but every 20 years or so a new moniker is chosen. It could be that some put-away hermit with a Rumpelstiltskin beard and a passion for mind-enhancing incense quills a new appellative every 20-years and presents it to the world. One can only theorize.

I belong to generation X, which I feel was intended more as an insult than a nickname. Sure, there are the baby boomers and they should be justifiably embarrassed by their insidious handle, but no generation nickname implies the emptiness, the lack of hope, and the valuelessness of generation X.

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Artistically freezing the action is easy with a few action photography tips. Even beginners, with a little practice, can take jaw-dropping action photos; it is a matter of understanding the basics of exposure and using an artistic eye.

Understanding exposure heads the list of sports photography tips. Exposure is defined as how much light hits the film or the chip in digital cameras. The more light that passes through the lens, the more exposed the film or chip will be. There is a proper amount of exposure for every photograph; too much and the photo will be too light; too little and the photo will be too dark. However, there is a difference between correct exposure and artistic exposure.


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