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Why Sol Stein’s “How To Grow A Novel,” Will Leave You Wanting More

The experience I am about to describe is probably one that you are familiar with. You see a trailer for a movie and you are excited. You only have bits of information so your mind begins to fill all the gaps. Before you even sit down in the movie theater you already have the movie played out in your head. This happens, and then this happens, and finally the foreshadowing pays off with the MASSIVE reveal. Keep in mind, this is all in your imagination so far.

Then the movie happens, and instead of exceeding your expectations, it fails to met them. Doesn’t mean it was a bad movie, but it wasn’t THE movie.  This was my experience with Continue reading “Why Sol Stein’s “How To Grow A Novel,” Will Leave You Wanting More”

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Character Archetypes – How To Create Compelling Characters with Jungian Archetypes

I’ve been reading a bit about psychology recently, and some of it is helpful when it comes to writing fiction. That’s probably nothing new, but there was something that stuck out, Character Archetypes.

Carl Jung was an extraordinary man, and one of the most influential men of the 20th Century. I have only started to really learn about him and his work, and there is a lot to learn. I read “Man’s Search for a Soul,” and it was brilliant. He somehow captures the Continue reading “Character Archetypes – How To Create Compelling Characters with Jungian Archetypes”

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Lessons From Writing Everyday – What I Learned Writing 30 Stories in a Month

Over May, I wrote 30 short stories. It was essentially one a day.

Some days the ideas flowed and I created something great. Other days I found myself empty and had to just run with whatever I could come up with. Over May, I had only two days when I didn’t finish a story, but everyday I wrote for one. At the end of it, it all worked out, with 30 stories written.

It was a great challenge and learning experience, and there is no reason why you can’t learn from what I did. Here are my lessons from writing everyday: Continue reading “Lessons From Writing Everyday – What I Learned Writing 30 Stories in a Month”

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Understanding what makes a Good Story – Part One

If there is one thing people are hungry for, it’s a good story. Story gives our lives meaning. A shared story is an aspect of a culture, and helps unites people. To study the importance of story would take you into the depths of everything human. Story is in our blood.

So, what makes a good story would be important to know, wouldn’t it?

Myths, Legends and Religious Tales that have been passed down the ages have to have been good, or else no one would have retold them. For a novel to be a bestseller, it has to at least have some aspects of a good story. Same goes for movies, TV Shows and anything else with a plot and characters. These modern tales often can slip up here and there and still do okay. The best ones you remember for decades are the ones that Continue reading “Understanding what makes a Good Story – Part One”

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