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Laura Emmons
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Laura writes fast-paced adventure stories for the young adult audience.
Laura writes fast-paced adventure stories for the young adult audience.

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Putting It All Together
Over the last six weeks I’ve provided eight different exercises for building a plot outline. Why so many? Every person brainstorms in a different way. Some exercises are geared toward specific genres. Most full length novels contain a major story idea plus ...
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The Classic Mystery Formula
Here’s a concise twelve chapter formula for a classic mystery novel. I borrowed this synopsis directly from Time2Writes “Plotting the Mystery Novel” at http://ticket2write.tripod.com/id28.html/ . The Classic 12-Chapter Mystery Formula Act I — Introduction o...
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Brainstorming the Romance Novel
Most romance novels, especially category romance, follow the same basic formula. Start brainstorming your romance by answering these questions.   How did they meet? What was the main character’s initial reaction? What keeps the main character(MC) and the lo...
Brainstorming the Romance Novel
Brainstorming the Romance Novel
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Mystery Plotting in Five Steps
Here’s a quick brainstorming exercise to help you develop a plot outline for your mystery novel.   Mystery Step One: The Crime Define the crime. Determine exactly how, when, and where it was committed. Describe the weapon(s) used. Describe the condition of ...
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The Three-Act Plot Structure
Aristotle proposed a three-part structure for dramatic plays in fifth century (BC) Athens. It has been a popular part of story writing ever since. The three parts, or acts, consist of a setup, a confrontation, and a resolution. This version of the three-act...
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Developing the Narrative Arc
In 1996, successful
author and writing instructor, Nigel Watts, published Writing a Novel and
Getting Published (part of the “Teach Yourself” series). The book quickly
became a standard for writers worldwide. The book is filled with skill building
exercises...
Developing the Narrative Arc
Developing the Narrative Arc
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Freytag's Pyramid
In 1863, German novelist and literature professor, Gustav Freytag, studied classic Greek drama trying to identify what made a good, entertaining play. The result of his analysis is called Freytag’s Pyramid, or the Dramatic Structure. According to Freytag, a...
Freytag's Pyramid
Freytag's Pyramid
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Plotting or Pantsing
For participants in Nanowrimo, it’s the ultimate question: Am I a plotter or a pantser? In other words, should I develop a detailed plot outline before I start my novel, or should I wing it, letting the words flow in a stream of consciousness like jazz impr...
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How Do You Start?
Sometimes, the hardest question for an aspiring novelist to answer is, Where do I begin?   For me, the beginning is usually a single scene that pops out of my head. We call it the PREMISE. It starts with the question What if… In the case of my novel, SECRET...
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Brainstorming the Perfect Settings for Your Nano Novel
Knowing the location of your story is almost as important as knowing your characters. Start with the primary location where most of the action takes place. Is it in a large city or a small town? What country? Which state? What is the closest metropolitan ar...
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