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I know its been a long time coming, give me a little longer.

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I know I've been away for a while, but I've been busy, I promise I have been. I guess the old say of 'No news is good news.' applies here.  As I check my Smashwords this morning I see that my free book The Talisman Crisscross is nearing a thousand downloads...

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Oh, okay so its too late to wish you a happy St. Patrick's Day and too early to wish you happy egg hunting, so I'll wish you a happy time shift as in happy daylight savings day. Right? Okay, not that one either so I'll have to think on it for a while. Oh, h...

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PART 2 –INFO DUMPS Okay, you should now have a feeling about how to run through your existing novel and help blend the line expository with action. Let’s move onto the tougher expository: The huge info dumps that really should be weaved into the story. Like...

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Kinds of Expose We just saw a bunch of expose across the board… expose blended into a scene, action instead of it, and awaking images instead of explaining. So, let’s go a little further: We can cut expose into three practical categories at this point, for ...

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PART 1 –LINE EXPOSITORY Okay… so in the grand scheme of things, what these vague phrases really mean, is: Create solid storytelling . Before we jump into it, couple points to remember: 1.      Write your novel with care . In some areas show-don’t-tell CAN b...

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Hit The Ground Running: Storytelling Through Action, Not Exposition Part 1
By the great Heather (Hedda) Flaherty (This is a long one since I used her notes.) INTRODUCTION Okay, so, Expository.  We all kinda get what it is… it means explanation . But it has a stigma to it, that it’s bad. And it is , IF it comes too much too quickly...

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J. Scott Savage “Four-Part Pacing” Plotting is about WHAT happens, whereas Pacing is about WHEN something has to happen. Books are often rejected because pacing is bad. Several Pacing Strategies: The Hero’s Journey The Snowflake Method  http://www.advancedf...

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Push Her Off the Roof: Escalating the Stakes
Melanie started out with having us draw a picture of our character.
Then give the character what he or she wants. We actually drew pictures. Then we hurt our character and drew why we did it. Then discussed
the feelings that came after. All of this was to m...
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