Anticipation…

5 Tools of #Anticipation We all know that Alfred #Hitchcock was the master of #suspense. He once said, "There is no terror in the bang, only in the anticipation of it." Anticipation provides a forward momentum for your story. The main elements of a good plot are curiosity (what will happen), tension (whether it will happen or not), hope (looking…

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Testing Your Stories

How many times have you thought you had a great idea for a story, only to have it fizzle out later? Wouldn't it be wonderful if there was a simple process to test your story ideas, before you invested too much time and energy into them? As a journalist, I…

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3 Ways to Get Creative

The MuseLetter Especially if you're participating in NaNoWriMo, you might need a little help in preparing your mind for creativity. It isn't something that automatically happens just because you sit down at the computer to write. Sometimes, it doesn't happen at all. Here's a few things that might help: SHOW…

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Bringing your characters to life

Writing characters that are so real, your fans feel like they know them personally, is every writers goal. I've found some great little quotes that can help you along that path: "First, place an instance of self-talk very near your story's opening to immediately build characterization." ~ Nancy Kress "The…

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What’s Up?

Next up on the calendar of events for the local Treasure Valley area are a few things I'd like to share. September 14, WRITER CEO ONE-DAY WORKSHOP with Donna Cook And Colleen Story. This is an all-day workshop at the Hampton Inn & Suites, downtown Boise. You can see more…

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