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Jodi Henley
Story consultant, craft of writing geek and blogger
Story consultant, craft of writing geek and blogger
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Attention Plotter and Pantster Writers: Fix your story the fast and easy way by taking Backstory, Motivation and Conflict, a premier online workshop at AllWriterWorkshops.com given by Jodi Henley. Limited registration means quality interaction - make 2015 the Year of YOUR Book.   https://www.allwriterworkshops.com/workshops/preview/3/

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How to Insert Backstory without Info-dumps
It's been a weird few months. Cold, hot, cold again. It's currently 58 right now, with a nice breeze, and everything is covered in a sheet of fine, yellow pollen. My head hurts and my eyes keep watering despite Allegra. Everything is so beautiful I can't ge...

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Wrap up from the facebook event, how to create understanding for your characters and a little bit more on reflection characters
...and if that's not a long title, I don't know what it. It's amazing sometimes how life will just be going along, and all of a sudden there's something like a clog in the whirlpool of everyday events. I'm slowly getting myself unclogged, but if somebody so...

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Jodi's Quik 'n Easy Guide to the Transformational Character Arc in Four Easy Spiderman Video Clips
Not sure how the arc works or what scenes to use to show it? Sometimes it's good to learn from the masters, in this case Sam Raimi, the same guy who brought you Evil Dead, Xena, Warrior Princess, Hercules, Spiderman, The Grudge, Spartacus Blood and Sand, an...

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Come talk to me and enter a drawing for a free four hour block of developmental edits 2/28
so I'm in this sale. It's my very first group sale, and I was (and still am) a little freaked out. Bryan has got to be the most gung-ho detail-oriented organizer I've ever had the pleasure to meet, which fits you know, since he does books on writing prompts...

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Why yes--I "like" my foot in my mouth. The perils of backstory in real life
Do you have have that feeling like--oh, you're so passionate about something that it runs out of your like uncontrollable word diarrhea when people trigger your hot button? And then it's too late because, yeah, there's a quote function and you can't edit ot...

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Feel free to say I told you so
I unpublished Short Stories. It's my bane and Waterloo all rolled into one. I was fortunate--very fortunate, to be contacted a month or so ago by a woman looking for a review copy. I'd started to have this inkling that Shorts wasn't all I thought it was (th...

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Come talk to me 2/28
This is not a promo post, although it kind of looks like a promo post. I don't have as much time as I'd like anymore. When I was growing up my mom told me to eat oranges during the Lunar New Year in the hopes it'd bring me luck and tell you--I've been stuff...

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How to tell the difference between a character-driven story and a plotted story
Recently I got a question (which doesn't mean I don't have other questions, lol--just that I'm still trying to play catch-up and that it's been one hell of a flu season up here) I struggle with plot driven vs character driven and what the difference
is. Ev...

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Quick! Before it escapes
whew, managed to catch "and" hold on to it this time. Because of the arc, the biggest difference between a character-driven story and a plot-driven story is the way motivation is handled. In a plot-driven story, motivation drives the heroine to achieve the ...
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