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The Story Solution: Ideal Reader & Hook

The Story Solution: Ideal Reader & Hook

Ideal Reader A story with a single, driving purpose. A central theme. A reason for the narrative to be told, rather than the noisy, aimless hodgepodge that too many of us are content to experience and label the modern condition.   It all starts with your ideal reader. We should explain. In Stephen King’s book On…

Grammar Rules: How to Break Them

Grammar Rules: How to Break Them

“Some men just want to watch the world burn.” -Alfred Pennyworth, The Dark Knight (2008) As usual, Sir Michael Caine is right! In the case of that quote, he happens to be referring to the comic book villain the Joker, who desires to watch Gotham City burn itself to the ground just for the fun of…

1 Broke Girl, Library Confusion

1 Broke Girl, Library Confusion

Hey gang! and welcome to the scuttlebutt for the fourth week in September. Is it too early for pumpkin spice? Yeah, you know it is. As always there’s been some nutty goings-ons around the writer-sphere. So without further ado, here you go! 1 Broke Girl Over on Forge, Heather Demetrios shared a post called, How…

Information Brokers, Future Owners?

Information Brokers, Future Owners?

We are playing a dangerous game, all of us, whether we realize it or not. I’m gonna go beyond the scope of publishing for the next few posts in order to address the entirety of the “information distribution network” of which we are inescapably entangled as content consumers as well as content creators. Try not…

Fantasy Adventure Playlist

Fantasy Adventure Playlist

It’s Time for a Fantasy Adventure Playlist by DMB When my mind needs to escape the confines of my desk, this is the playlist I go with. If you’re anything like me, your body has to remain at your desk for hours every day, but there is no reason why your mind has to. This…

The Story Solution: Tone & Voice

The Story Solution: Tone & Voice

The same story can be told in different ways. That’s where tone (or, if you prefer, mood), comes in.   Whenever we have a cover made for one of our books, the designer asks us to fill out a form describing a few key details about the story. We’re always asked about genre, because that’s the…

Sentence Structure: Clauses and Phrases

Sentence Structure: Clauses and Phrases

Language is complicated. Our brains usually deal with the complexities on autopilot, but sometimes it’s necessary to refresh ourselves on the rules. I’m not saying every author needs to be an academic grammar guru, but when it comes to making our sentences clear and concise, identifying problems in our prose, or trying to deliberately bend…

This POV is Only Yours

This POV is Only Yours

As authors, we understand the concept of POV (point of view). When writing a story, the POV dictates the details we share with the reader and the tone we take. Each character in our story would require a unique POV if we chose to tell the story from that character’s perspective. The reason is simple:…

Final Battle Epic Playlist

Final Battle Epic Playlist

A One-Way Ticket to Epic-ville A Playlist by DMB This is the soundtrack I listen to when I need the strength and motivation to keep going even when I know the odds are overwhelming… FREEDOM!!!! Sometimes we need to feel heroic, whether we’re crawling inside the head of one of our characters who knows they…

The Story Solution: Genre Therapy Part Two

The Story Solution: Genre Therapy Part Two

Genre Therapy is just like normal therapy, but applied to story.   And therapy, vastly simplified, is all about digging under the surface of a person to figure out what’s really going on, because what you see on the top is never the whole story, or even the real one.   On the surface, a person might…