How Did I Miss That – A Damaged Structure


How Did I Miss That?

A Damaged Structure

Read about my trusted reader’s reluctance to read my story.

When did you suffer your last how-did-I-miss-that moment?

Mine latest came while watching a film.  I didn’t sit down to watch Lawrence of Arabia, intending to learn anything.  I’d tucked my suspense of disbelief away, cradled my bowl of pop corn, and waited to experience a superb film.

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Trusted Reader — Troubling Discussion


Trusted Reader – Troubling Discussion

When They Fear to Say No

Read about my attempt at a cover.

Don’t you hate events playing out differently than the way planned. And, instead of ascending the ladder to success, you discover you haven’t begun. Worse, you’ve no clear idea where you stand.

This happened with my Trusted Reader.

My old Trusted Reader had grown weary of reading unpolished stories teeming with flaws. With that, I searched until locating someone perfectly suited to discuss story structure, brainstorming where the story might go, and places to avoid. She agreed. Continue reading

Packaging The Story – The Big Cover-Up


Packaging The Story – The Big Cover-Up

Look Inside…Please?

Read about character images.

Puzzle pieces lay on the table, face showing, straight edges in one place, the other pieces sorted into guesses. In the same way, all the pieces needed to package our story…the blurb, title, and pictures of our important characters…converge in front and back covers.

Time for another true confession…I’ve interacted with truly gifted cover artists and understand my own meager talent and training. Irregardless of their observations, I need look no further than best seller covers with their wide variety, to realize how few clues I have.

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Packaging The Story – But What Do They Look Like?


Packaging The Story – But What Do They Look Like?

A Thousand Words…Really?

Read about titles.

Covers. True confession…I pride myself, perhaps falsely, on writing passably, but am hopeless at physically drawing things. Consequently, I’m utterly incapable of describing compelling covers, let alone create them. If my story ever reaches the end game, I will trust all cover work to a competent artist

But…that time hasn’t come. Stll the creative urge overcame me.

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Packaging The Story – Titles


Packing The Story – Titles

It’s Hard…Until It’s Not

Read about blurbs.

Titles. Ugh. How can someone write a 100,000 word story, and then draw a blank for a title?

Why? Oh Why?

Some writers conjure them faster than a pop corn popper. With no apparent effort, they disgorge title after title, prompting an urge to slap their faces off. The rest content ourselves with Untitled Story. Gag.

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Packaging The Story – Blurb? Huh?


Packaging The Story – Blurb?  Huh?

Remember Dust Jackets?

Read about finishing scene styling.

In the age of Kindle, when did we last wander through a library, or a book store, with hard back books? Did those plastic book covers, adorned with cover art, title, and author’s name, catch your eye?

Were you sufficiently intrigued to open it, read the description, and continue on to the back cover? On paperbacks, you might have turned to the back cover.. On e-books, click Read More.

We sometimes call them blurbs.

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Revising – Trimming Scenes – Finished – Wooo Hooo


Revising – Trimming Scenes – Finished – Wooo Hooo


Read about trimming scenes.

Read about trimming scenes.

A week after setting out to align character styles in the remaining scenes, I stared at the enter key. Then, with baited breath, I ran the script against the final character in the final scene, and…nothing popped up.

Nineteen scenes. One week.

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