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    5 Tips to Surviving NaNoWrimo

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    It’s here! National Novel Writing Month is upon us. As a former “winner” of NaNoWriMo (and several time loser) I have gained some insights on exactly what it takes to write 50,000 words in 30 days. For those who have never tried, or have … read more →


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    The Hero’s Journey

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    Joseph Campbell took on the arduous task of reviewing thousands of myths in his book “The Hero With a Thousand Faces” and realized that each of these timeless stories had twelve plot points. Ordinary World Call to Adventure Refuse the Call Meeting … read more →


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    This Week In Books

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    Out this week in books by or featuring people of color… “Chasing Utopia” by Nikki Giovanni With Chasing Utopia, Nikki Giovanni, one of America’s most celebrated artists, demands that the prosaic—flowers, birdsong, winter—be seen as poetic. The poetry of Nikki Giovanni has … read more →


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    The Romance Arc

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    There are four elements to every love story that make up The Romance Arc. 1. We must start out with a man and woman (or any variation or number thereof in the 21st century of the planet Earth) who have internal and/or external … read more →


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    This Week In Books

    This week in new books by or featuring people of color… “The Haven Series” by Tressie Lockwood Tiger Bound Deja had always stood by her best friend Heath. Even when his father died, she was there for him. All because she’d been … read more →


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    Threads: Two Weeks to Nanowrimo… Why Are You Writing?

    For inspiration, check out The Poem That Made Sherman Alexie Want to ‘Drop Everything and Be a Poet’. Alexie says: …by complete chance, I enrolled in a poetry workshop that changed my life. On the first day, the teacher, Alex Kuo, gave me an … read more →


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    Inner Movie Method

    When people come to me wanting to learn plotting, I direct them to this teeny, tiny little book. “How to Write a Movie in 21 Days: The Inner Movie Method” by Viki King King teaches that most movies use a nine-point plotting … read more →


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    This Week In Books

    Out this week in books by or featuring people of color… “Love Goggles” by Elaine Overton Love is Blind . . . and kinda stupid. Torianna Micheals was in love. Deep, deep in love. So far in love she was long past … read more →


  • Six Elements of Story

    Most stories are told in a three-act structure. The first act is used to establish the main characters, their relationships and the normal world they live in.  The second act, also referred to as “rising action”, typically depicts the protagonist’s attempt to … read more →


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    This Week In Books

    This week in books by or featuring people of color… “The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross” by Henry Louis Gates, Jr. & Donald Yacovone The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross is the companion book to the six-part, six-hour documentary of … read more →