Motivation Category

Writing the Synopsis to Find the Heart of Your Story

I did what I imagine most people do, and I waited to write the synopsis until I was almost done with the book. After all, until I was ready to market, I didn’t need a synopsis, right? Well, I discovered that in honing my synopsis I actually learned more about my story and what the […]

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Out of Character

I’ve mentioned before that in my current revisions of Epic Novel, I’m using a second POV character. At first, everything went smoothly. He was so much fun to write because he was different and because I knew exactly what he wanted: revenge. Then things started working out not so well. He kept acting out of […]

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Beautiful Story

I’ve been watching episodes of Gargoyles while I eat my lunch. Who else thinks that is one of the best cartoons ever created? This week, I watched the four episodes in “City of Stone.” Four episodes equals almost two hours which equals movie length story. As a kid, I wasn’t too interested in that story. […]

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New Plan

After restarting Book One a half dozen times in the past nine months as well as completely rewriting section one two and a half times, I was beginning to despair. (Sometimes, Anne of Green Gables’ melodramatic description of being “in the depths of despair” seems completely appropriate. . . .) I reinvigorated my urge to […]

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Circumstances vs. Relationships

I’ve mentioned before that I’m using two alternating POVs for my Epic Novel, Book One. When I first started writing the secondary POV, I had so much fun! Everything just flowed and came so easy. The character was mysterious, and that made him fun to write. However, the longer I wrote from his POV (and […]

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Don’t Hate My Babies!

I am currently writing in close third person point of view, which means I stick closely to my point of view character, almost as though I were writing in first person. If he doesn’t know it, then the narrator can’t know it, so the reader won’t know it. This poses problems for me in the […]

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A Field, Not a Swamp

Stagnant. That’s what a swamp is.Cultivated, plowed, sown, tilled, harvested. That’s what a farmer’s field is. I want my characters to be fields, not swamps, but in order for that to happen, I have to be a good farmer. Unturned soil: Character begins thinking he is pretty happy, but something nags at the back of […]

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Revision–but I haven’t even finished the rough draft!

(in deep, gravely, movie announcer voice) This November, embark on an epic adventure of war, love, and betrayal. So, now that I am full-time writer, I have finally been able to start Book One of The Epic Novel! Well, it has more to do with Divine inspiration than with excess time on my hands. I […]

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Motivation

When I embarked on the journey of Epic Novel, I had never had any instruction in Creative Writing. I had learned what I knew solely from reading fiction and one or two books on craft. I had not even had much instruction in reading literature. I had no knowledge of character motivation or character arc. […]

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