Archive for July 2010

Lesson 3: Novel Structure – Idea & Concept Nurturing

Question: How can I make this idea fresh? Answer: Now, that Georgette has effectively stolen this man away, everyone in town pretty much thinks she’s a homewrecker. She’s always been a loner but when she meets Bobby, she thinks she may just have found a place she can call home and a family with whom she can spend the rest of her days.

Unfortunately, though, he ends up dying and leaves his business– and here’s where the twist comes in– to both women, his exwife and Georgette.

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Character Development – Part II

Okay! We’re through week one and into week two. For week two’s discussion about Character Development, I would like to concentrate on the core problem, that internal conflict of your character carries with her. Core Problems? I hear you ask! Yes. Those deep-seated issues the character has carried with her into adulthood from a very young point in…

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Assignment Day!

Today is the day when you send me up to 4 pages of work, preferrably the beginning of your story (12 pt font, double-spaced, one-inch margins) and I’ll review your work and send it back with comments. I look at the elements we should all concentrate on for beginnings–character, conflict, setting, voice, POV narrator, theme and mood.…

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Odd Word Day!

Today’s odd word begins with the letter “B.” And, after much searching and many seconds pondering, we’ve decided to go with a great one. So, our odd word for the day, heck, to learn, to use, and, gosh, even to bring back! Is “Bullimong.” “Bullimong” defined means, “cattle feed that consists of many grains all…

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Crossword Day… it's Crossword Day!

Okay. So, this is basically a day where I post a link to get to the crossword puzzle in the Journal of the San Juan Islands. But, today’s posting will be a little more than that. ‘Cause I bumped into a great thing last night around 1:30 in the morning. No, no that! Get your…

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Novel Structure: Lesson Two

It’s Monday again! Yee haw! Sorry, I can’t shake my Arizona roots altogether, you know. Okay. So, remember last week’s discussion about structure? Well, if not, here’s a quick refresher on the parts of a novel: Broadly, this is what should encompass each of the structural elements–the beginning, middle, and end–of how one goes about…

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Let's Talk About the Week!

Okay, so let’s have it. All the things that have happened this week. Want to rant? Want to clap your hands? Cry? Let’s do it, right here, right now! This is the day, this is the venue to do it! So, for your refresher pleasure, I now direct you to a few links to get…

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Assignment Day!

Where’s the work you want to give to me? Remember, I’ll be happy to review your work. If you submit up to 4 pages, I’ll give you comments in an instructive and objective manner. Keep writing. Keep your ideas coming out and write them down! -Susan 🙂

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CRAFT – Character Development, Part I

Character Development The basics of developing a character can be thought of as a child beginning to draw with crayons. At first, the drawing looks sketchy with thick jagged and sometimes distorted lines. Early stage writers tend to develop characters this way when they first begin to write. It’s what I used to do, build…

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