Category Archives: Story Structure

A LITTLE ABOUT ENDINGS

I’ve written about starting a novel or short story, and what you might need to know or do to get started writing or what elements readers will respond to in the first sentence, paragraph, or page, but I’ve written very … Continue reading

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IF AREA EDITOR READS A POINTLESS TRAINING SESSION ONE MORE TIME

With a nod to the Onion… I’m trying not to fly off the handle, but please indulge me, at least at first, in a bit of tough love. If your current work in progress contains a scene, or worse, a … Continue reading

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LESTER DENT’S WAVE THOSE TAGS, PART 4: NOW MAKE USE OF CHARACTERIZATION TRICKS IN WRITING THE STORY

If you haven’t read the first three posts in this series, go back to Lester Dent’s Wave Those Tags, Part 1: Find a Name to get caught up. Then we’ll press on with the fourth and final part of pulp … Continue reading

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LESTER DENT’S WAVE THOSE TAGS, PART 1: FIND A NAME

I’ve been running an online Pulp Fiction Workshop, which uses as its starting point author Lester Dent’s famous “Pulp Paper Master Fiction Plot,” and you’ve seen it quoted here several times in various contexts. But Dent (co-creator and principle author … Continue reading

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OUR FLIGHT TIME TODAY WILL BE…?

This post does contain spoilers through the episode of HBO’s Game of Thrones that aired Sunday, August 20, 2017 (Season 7, episode 6: “Beyond the Wall”), so read accordingly.   GAME OF THRONES SPOILERS FOLLOW: YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED!   … Continue reading

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AS HENRY MILLER COMMANDS, PART 6: CEMENT A LITTLE EVERY DAY

We’ve come to what I think is the most difficult of this series of posts inspired by Henry Miller’s Eleven Commandments of Writing. If you haven’t been following along from the beginning, or want another look at the full list … Continue reading

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AS HENRY MILLER COMMANDS, PART 3: DON’T BE NERVOUS

I’m just going to keep going with this series of posts inspired by Henry Miller’s Eleven Commandments of Writing. If you haven’t been with me from the beginning, or want a second (or third) look at the full list of … Continue reading

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