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Have you ever told a story of considerable length without writing a single word? How did it go?

http://mythicscribes.com/miscellaneous/telling-a-story/
An excellent exercise for us storytellers is to tell a story without the activity of writing.
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Writing Life  - 
 
Is there an "endless" manuscript that you've been working on seemingly forever?

http://mythicscribes.com/writing-process/endless-manuscript/
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I had some of those, that I just didn't know where they were going. Finally I figured out how to solve the plot problems that were holding me back (really listening to the characters got me over the block on one; on another I used mind-mapping to take a fresh look at the story problem and solve the Plot Hole of Doom) and those novles are now complete, edited, and published. There's another one lurking in my files that I kind of have an idea of how I want to approach it, but I've got a bunch of other projects I want to do first. Barring major problems with figuring out how the story goes, I'm usually pretty good about finishing things in a timely manner, thanks to NaNoWriMo and having a structured approach to revisions and edits.
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How many months/years have you devoted to world building?

http://mythicscribes.com/world-building/world-in-ruin/
What good is all that worldbuilding without a story?
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I like to work out the basic mechanics of a world. A culture brings a bit of nuance to the world my characters live in. However I don't spend too much time on it since I actually love world and character building. I officially stop myself at the one month mark, everything after is just notes in the side margins.
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Writing Process  - 
 
Are you called to be a storyteller? How do you know?

http://mythicscribes.com/inspiration/sparks-and-clicks/
The best stories come from "sparks," those incredible moments when a story suddenly presents itself.
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That's very much like what I experience. Usually it's characters who show up in my head out of nowhere, but I also get concepts that get me all excited to write a story, like my western-inspired fantasy world.

The War of Art by Steven Pressfield explores a lot of these same concepts, that stories (or other works of art) have an independent existence and the artist is "called" to bring them into physical form.
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Craft & Technique  - 
 
In your opinion, what is the soul of a story?

http://mythicscribes.com/writing-techniques/scientific-method-writing/
Your story needs a soul, one as real and mysterious as the first to kindle life in the shaped clay.
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The soul of a story? This depends entirely on what your story is. If it's a plot based story, then the soul would be the plot. If it's character driven story, then the characters would be the soul. It all depends on what the main focus of the story is.

And that's the really 'pretty' version of this. Call me jaded, but I don't believe there's a soul to a story. Right now, the book I'm writing is filled with things that I just wanted to read about. A stressed out skeleton, his human wife, their illegal work, and the world they live in. There's a theme, but only because I wanted to answer a question in a messed up way, that ANOTHER piece of work was asking. There's no 'soul' in my story, just...It's literally just a story. It's not set to change the world, make people think, or barely entertain. It just kinda exists, and if it manages to do those things, well good on it.

Saying that a story has to have a soul is what sets a writer up for failure. Since writers naturally live in a constant state of self-doubt, they'll never be able to find that soul. It's best to let the readers find the so called soul, than go into writing a manuscript hoping to make one for the story.
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Some writers throw the rulebook out the window and write whichever way they feel like. How do you feel about that?

http://mythicscribes.com/writing-techniques/voice-vs-grammar/
What to do when voice and grammar come into conflict with each other.
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You cannot write that New Orleans accent or New York accent without having a good understanding of linguistics and a strong sense of culture.

Often, you'll be writing forced and you'll sound stupid.
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What are some of the ways you develop the themes in your stories?

http://mythicscribes.com/writing-techniques/about-theme/
How to elevate the themes of your stories through secondary characters.
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What was the harshest, but beneficial, feedback you’ve received?

http://mythicscribes.com/writing-theory/what-others-think/
A discussion on criticism and swallowing our pride.
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A reviewer once told me that my book had so many technical errors that it deserved its lowest score based on that alone. I discovered the truth of this and now I am making greater efforts to proofread (and not just by myself either).
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Story Analysis  - 
 
Have you seen The Last Witch Hunter? If so, do you agree with our critique?

http://mythicscribes.com/analysis/last-witch-hunter/
What went wrong with The Last Witch Hunter? How these lessons can be applied to writing.
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Have you ever created a parasite for your own fiction?

http://mythicscribes.com/miscellaneous/parasites/

There are creatures whose hunger knows no satisfaction.
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Do you agree with Tolkien that by creating myth, humans are expressing divine truth?

http://mythicscribes.com/analysis/understanding-tolkien/
To get the most out of Tolkien's works, it is important to understand a little about the man, his life, passions and views.
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The divine power of fantasy and myth for me is that it enables us to explore the true depths of human potential beyond the constraints and circumstances of the physical plane we currently occupy.
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What novels include tales and songs within them, and do so effectively?
How telling a story within a story helps bring the past into focus.
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