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The Value of “Pantsing”

August 8, 2014

(Click HERE to land a trifecta opportunity: 1) score a mystery/thriller with killer reviews for only $1.99 for the Kindle edition; 2) download a totally FREE, no strings ebook that deconstructs the whole thing, while going behind the curtain to see how this book, and many like it, find their way to market; and 3) […]

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A Great Read… a Learning Opportunity… a Massive Discount

August 4, 2014

(Note: the discounted price on the Kindle edition of Deadly Faux has passed; the Kindle version novel remains on sale at Amazon (and other venues) for $7.99.  The ebook that DECONSTRUCTS it, as described in this post, is still FREE, and available at the link shown below.  You don’t have to read the novel to […]

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The Epidemic and Systemic Sabotage via Brainwashing of Aspiring Novelists

July 30, 2014

As a writing coach and author of writing books and articles, I deal in numbers. Volume. Significant databases of writers and stories. Manuscripts, story plans, synopses, samples, story analysis and the hands-on witnessing of stories under development. And I’m here to tell you… … there’s trouble in River City. I see it, I read it, […]

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A Better Way to Open Your Novel

July 24, 2014

There’s always two ways to put something out there.  The room divides in terms of which hits hardest… the in-your-face “don’t make this mistake!” approach… or the more positive, “here’s a better way you can do it.” Frankly, I can lean either way.  I mention this because today’s headline cuts both ways.  I came to […]

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Why You Should Be Mercilessly Hacking Apart Your Favorite Stories

July 19, 2014

A guest post by K.M. Weiland You shouldn’t be reading this blog. No, seriously. As awesome as Larry’s blog is and as generous as he is for sharing his story sense with all of us, this is not the place to learn how to write a story. (This is the part where Larry kicks me […]

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A “Story Engineering” Success Story: One Writer’s Journey Into Craft

July 15, 2014

An Interview with James Williams A guest post by Jennifer Blanchard I’ve been writing fiction since I was a kid. Now, I’m a writing coach by day and a writer by night (and sometimes also a writer by day and a writing coach by night). But I never had anyone else in my family with […]

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China, Free Stuff, a New Book Announcement, and a Quick Word About “Battered Bastards”

July 12, 2014

I’m heading to Beijing next week… … to help launch the Chinese release of  “Story Engineering,” and to teach a workshop on how writing is taught in the States.  Which is a favorite topic of mine… I promise to be nice. I thought I’d share a couple of things here on Storyfix that might provide […]

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Turning Novels into Screenplays – Part 2

July 4, 2014

Part 2 (of 2) of a Guest Post by Art Holcomb Click HERE to review Part 1… then hurry back here for the pay-off. ***** Welcome back! We’re talking today about adapting novels into screenplays. Last time, we talked about the basics of the art of adaptation that I use with my students and professional […]

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Turning Your Novel into a Screenplay, Part 1

June 29, 2014

A guest post by Art Holcomb Part 1 of 2. In June, I’m speaking at the Greater Los Angeles Writer’s Conference on how to adapt a novel into a screenplay and I’m really looking forward to it. A good part of my practice, both with students and professionals, comes from taking a story from one […]

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Case Study: This is What SUCCESS Looks Like

June 24, 2014

I’m delighted to share a WIN this time.   A middle-grade Young Adult novel in the making. Can we learn from a case study that models a solid grasp of concept, premise and the First Plot Point?  That sets up a story with the inherent dramatic tension and drama, conceptual appeal and heroic arc that will […]

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