Month: December 2016

Writing a Fight Scene? Get it Right.

Write The Fight Right by Alan Baxter Who doesn’t love a little hand to hand combat? Problem is, if you’re not a brawler yourself, you could spend hours watching and re-watching television and movie fight scenes but still have difficulty describing it when it comes time to write your own. That’s where this little gem comes in.  Alan Baxter is a successful British-Australian indie author who writes dark fantasy, horror and sci-fi, rides a motorcycle and loves his dog. He also teaches Kung Fu at his martial arts school in Australia.  You could say that he’s got the right credentials...

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What’s The Secret Ingredient To Finishing Your Book?

    Answer: There is no secret ingredient.  There’s just you. When I started NaNoWriMo, I wanted to make sure I armed myself with all the things I would need to finish successfully. So I set expectations with my family and myself about writing time. I constructed a minimalist plotline that I thought was simple and could be completed on time. I bought a pre-made cover. I sat my butt in the chair (on my Bintiva) and wrote faithfully and completed 50k words around 9pm on Nov. 30th.  I won NaNoWriMo. But my story wasn’t done. And I wanted...

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Are You Having Fun? 3 Questions to Ask Yourself.

Dale Carnegie once said, “People rarely succeed unless they have fun in what they are doing.” I love that.  It’s a reminder to me that if I am dragging my heels about something that I need to reframe it.  How can I make it a better experience? Most of us are good at working hard.  We all know how to work more.  But I think it can be easy to lose sight of how to enjoy our work. NaNoWriMo got like that about Week 3.  I was struggling after 30k words.  My plot had holes big enough to fly...

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Unfolding Your Own Myth

I haven’t written enough fiction (yet!) to find my fiction voice, but I do think that blog writing lends itself well to having a writing voice in general. For fiction, I find myself turning back to my favorite authors, reading their great works again with my editor’s hat on.  My friend called it, “looking under the hood” to understand the mechanics of why their writing is so great. I look forward to the day that I feel like my fiction can withstand that type of read through.  For now, I content myself that this blog is a place I...

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Scene Mapping With Scrivener

So in my last post, I talked about how Rachel Aaron recommends making a scene map. Since I own Scrivener, I imported my MS Word file from NaNoWriMo (100+ pages!) into Scrivener and now I have a great visual way to see my story with the Corkboard view. Here’s the corkboard view: And for those of you who haven’t used Scrivener before, the main advantage (for me anyway) that it has over MS Word is that if you drag a card (scene) to move it, the text for the scene moves too.  It is a much more elegant way...

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