SKELETON TIPS

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NEW - JULY 2015:  ONE STEP TO A STORY

After five decades of studying and writing fiction, my best lightbulb moment is this:

The backbone of any story is:

• A PERSONALITY WITH A PURPOSE •

This may seem incredibly obvious if you're a fan of The Hero's Journey and/or The Writer's Journey, but for years I tried to implement the cornucopia of advice from teachers and famous authors.  Meanwhile I usually missed the most compelling element of a story, namely, an individual trying to solve a problem.  Plots are interchangeable, but the emotions of the character trying to survive a challenge are more important.

This is my truth.  Yours may be different.  Freedom of creativity trumps all.  

May the Muse be with you!

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INSTANT WRITER

NINE STEPS TO A STORY 

FICTION CRITIQUE

PART 1 • STRUCTURE

FICTION CRITIQUE

PART 2 • POLISHING

LOGLINES

How to appreciate the benefits of summarizing a story in one sentence.  

 Raindance.com   or  http://www.scriptologist.com/Magazine/Tips/Logline/logline.html

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