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The Writer’s Journey: The Descent

In Greek mythology, the Hero’s journey into the Underworld is called katabasis. Writers take that journey all the time. You could say that every time we turn on our laptops to write, every time we enter the worlds of our books, we are entering the Underworld: the...

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Nanowrimo 2022 series and more

YES, I am doing my usual prompts for Nanowrimo! You can find them and lots of other non-Nano posts on the Screenwriting Tricks for Authors Substack main page. Nanowrimo prompts: Act I Questions and Prompts Elements of Act II:1 overview             Act II Part I...

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Nanowrimo Now What? – Top Ten Things I Know About Editing

So you did Nanowrimo! Huzzah!! Or maybe you didn’t, but whether you did it through Nanowrimo or not, you now have a rough draft—maybe a very, very, very rough draft— of your book or script. Huzzah!! So now what? First of all, I hope you’ve had a good long break. If at...

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Nanowrimo: 10 Key Elements of Act I

Last weekend before Nanowrimo! ! How about a roadmap for your first week? Yesterday I focused on three essential questions to ask yourself about this adventure you and your main character are about to go on. Now let's expand that. Here are Ten Key Story Elements in a...

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Preptober: What Makes a BIG BOOK?

Since fall hit, I am pining for the in-person writing conferences, where on top of every other wonderful thing about writing conferences, every single conversation is just a gold mine in writing and marketing information. For this post I’m specifically thinking of a...

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On Writers Not Writing

I've posted Part 3 of this Is My Story Idea BIG Enough? series today, too. But based on some conversations I've been having, in the workshop and out of it, I also feel the need to post something that you might call an anti-Nanowrimo post. Because the very last thing I...

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For Story Expo Writers!

To get the supplemental material for the workshops this weekend - the story structure grid, a full movie breakdown, Preptober/Nanowrimo information, etc. - use the Get Free Story Structure Extras button in the right column of this screen, or click here.  Also check...

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Equinox Magic

Happy Equinox!! The witch in me compels me to once again gently remind everyone that the weeks of the Equinoxes and Solstices, the three days before and three days after, are an especially powerful time to set intentions.Of course the full energy of the Universe is...

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Do you REALLY want to write a book?

It’s that time of year again… Labor Day weekend marks the beginning of fall (autumn, in the UK!). And for a lot of us, fall is optimum writing time.My natural writing cycles make me most productive in the spring and especially in the fall. It’s no surprise to me that...

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