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To Plot Or Not To Plot? by Helene Young

     Anyone who knows me well knows that I write organically – or by the seat of my pants, if you want the honest truth. For me the story starts with one or two characters, plus a setting and a … Continue reading

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How a Little Planning Can Help Focus Your Novel Manuscript

Many writers take on the task of writing a novel with little forward planning – especially for their first attempt. This often results in major problems for the writer. One of the most common problems is: The manuscript is meandering or … Continue reading

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National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) Update 7

3 of four 12,500 word sections of my NaNoWriMo novel have been written. All that’s left is to write the final section. Congratulations to those of you who are still going with your novel. The final stretch is an opportunity … Continue reading

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National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) Update 6

In this update I will provide a few details about the development of the main character, Michael, across the four sections of the story. *** 1 Emotional turmoil Michael doesn’t have strong motivation towards any long term goals, he makes … Continue reading

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On the Origins of Stories and Attention in Storytelling

In what follows I will highlight some ideas about gaining and maintaining attention in storytelling from Brian Boyd’s book On The Origins of Stories: Evolution, Cognition, and Fiction, as well as summarise how Boyd relates attention in storytelling to the … Continue reading

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On ‘Losing the Plot: Plotting in advance VS writing as you go’

This article is based on a session at AussieCon 4. Melinda Snodgrass started the panel discussion with an analogy that fiction writers who plan in advance of writing are like architects and that fiction writers who plan as they write … Continue reading

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The Seven Basic Plots, by Christopher Booker – reviewed by Adair Jones

At any given moment, all over the world, hundreds of millions of people will be engaged in what is one of the most familiar of all forms of human activity. In one way or another, they will have their attention focused on one of those strange sequences of mental images that we call a story.
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