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4 Ways to Make Your Action More Gripping

4 Ways to Make Your Action More Gripping | The Funnily Enough | Scoop.it

Have you ever read an action scene and been bored? Hopefully not. If so, chances are it wasn't written particularly well.

 

Want to grip readers with your actions scenes? Here are some tips for doing just that.

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10 Tips for Generating Killer Science Fiction Story Ideas

10 Tips for Generating Killer Science Fiction Story Ideas | The Funnily Enough | Scoop.it

Science fiction is the literature of big ideas — so coming up with an amazing story idea often feels like the biggest stumbling block in the way of your dreams of authorship. Unfortunately, most of us can't just have Robert A. Heinlein mail us $100 and a couple dozen brilliant ideas. So what do you do?

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Manuscript Revisions – Let’s Draw Some Blood

Manuscript Revisions – Let’s Draw Some Blood | The Funnily Enough | Scoop.it

The following list is a close look at the promises every longer work of fiction implicitly makes. Since revision and editing is a time of sober, impartial gauging of a draft, we need to remind ourselves that we’re doing all of this to mesmerize our readers. So we have to keep the readers, and our promises to them in mind while we revise.

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Storyphobia

Storyphobia | The Funnily Enough | Scoop.it

Granted, a story is a dark house that can be frightening until the author turns on a few lights. Too often, though, she does just that—lights up the conflict, then scoots out into the yard only to view it through windows, from afar. The reader wants to experience the characters stirring ash in the hot center of the conflict.

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How to Prepare Before Starting a Book

Beginning a book can be daunting, but preparing can make it much easier. I’m doing many things to prepare for Fierce before the clock strikes 12:01 am on November 1st. Some things worked with my other books, some I didn't do but wish I had done, and some I've never tried before.

 

Between writing Sacred Fire and Hunger, I’ve learned a few tricks, and I’m going to share my methods. After I start working on Fierce, I’ll talk about what helped, what I couldn’t live without, and what didn’t make that big of a difference.

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Emotion Behind Story: Part One

Emotion Behind Story: Part One | The Funnily Enough | Scoop.it

Story isn’t about plot. It’s about emotion. It’s the element that leaves your body tingling in fear or anticipation for what will happen next, and what readers want from the first page to the end. But how do you bring in emotion to add maximum power to your story?

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10 Tips for Writing Impactful Dialogue

10 Tips for Writing Impactful Dialogue | The Funnily Enough | Scoop.it

Whenever I think about what makes good dialogue, that old adage about pornography comes to mind: I can’t tell you what it is, but I know it when I see it. You know what I mean, I’m sure. The dialogue in some books just seems to flow and sound like real people. In others, not so much. So, that being said, if it’s really something that’s undefinable, how do you do it? I don’t pretend to have all the answers, but hopefully the tips below will be helpful. Happy writing!

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Chapter Breaks and Cliffhangers

Chapter Breaks and Cliffhangers | The Funnily Enough | Scoop.it

Every time I read a great post on cliffhangers, I feel a little sorry that I don’t write too many of them. It can make for a thrilling chapter ending, if the device isn’t overused.

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Six Ways Your Protagonist Should Be Like Jack Reacher

Six Ways Your Protagonist Should Be Like Jack Reacher | The Funnily Enough | Scoop.it

When you spend all of your time with your protagonist, that can be a tendency to infuse that character with all sorts of positive qualities, and forget their flaws. These protagonists never do anything wrong, and they become the dreaded ‘Mary Sue’. Yet Reacher makes mistakes, and gets things wrong – in some cases in a massive way. Reacher feels more believeable, and we become interested – not to see him make mistakes, but to see how he will fix them.

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Characters Should Think Progressively

Characters Should Think Progressively | The Funnily Enough | Scoop.it

Written fiction allows access to a character’s mind in a way that no other medium can. What someone thinks often gives a new perspective on events, can reveal aspects you hadn’t considered, or add depth to the way you perceive a character.

 

Often this is presented as a snapshot of the character’s current state of mind. This is what’s happening, and this is what the MC thinks about it. But what makes a character interesting isn’t just who they are or what they do, it’s how they get there.

 

And while ‘it’s the journey not the destination’ may seem obvious, knowing exactly which part of the journey is the interesting bit may not.

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4 Tips For Writing a Quick First Draft

4 Tips For Writing a Quick First Draft | The Funnily Enough | Scoop.it

Today I want to address a couple of things I think are pretty important when you’re sitting down to a blank screen. Keep in mind we’re all different and we have unique strategies that work for us; these are general tips meant to be helpful. If they don’t work for you, throw them out.

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Time and Location--Working with Flashbacks, Backstory, Chronology, and Transitions

Time and Location--Working with Flashbacks, Backstory, Chronology, and Transitions | The Funnily Enough | Scoop.it

Some writers find that better shape and smoother flow via plot work. Raising the stakes. Finding character motive. I use these tricks too. This being my second novel and my fourteenth book, I have a bag full of revision tricks.

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8 Tips To Bring Your Readers Along For The Ride

8 Tips To Bring Your Readers Along For The Ride | The Funnily Enough | Scoop.it

Reading is all about suspending disbelief.

 

Readers stare at a two-dimensional piece of paper or a flat screen with glyphs on it and imagine they’re traveling to unknown lands and meeting interesting people. They treasure being whisked away from everyday life. It’s an addictive experience.

 

As writers, we want them addicted to our books. It’s our burden to help readers suspend disbelief and come along with us for the ride.

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Why You Need To Write With A Purpose In Mind

Why You Need To Write With A Purpose In Mind | The Funnily Enough | Scoop.it

When you shut the door and ease yourself down in front of that keyboard, or when you hunch over an unsullied notebook page and begin to throttle the life out of a pen, what’s your end goal? What do you want from the experience of shuffling the words from your head onto the paper?

 

Because you really should have a purpose when you write, even if it’s just a small one. After all, everything else in your life has purpose. The act of creation should be no different.

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How to Design Your Cast

How to Design Your Cast | The Funnily Enough | Scoop.it

Having a well-rounded protagonist is of little value unless you surround her with other characters to react or relate to. Indeed, your choice of characters may be one of the most crucial decisions you take in writing a story. Here, it is helpful to remember that each character performs a certain function in your tale. Knowing your story premise–the problem to be solved by the protagonist, allows you to design a cast of characters who test, resist, and assist the protagonist to achieve this goal.

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The Single-Mindedness of the Novel Writer

The Single-Mindedness of the Novel Writer | The Funnily Enough | Scoop.it

Working out if you’re meant to be a writer is both the easiest and the hardest thing to do.

 

Talent doesn’t come into it. The truth is, if you are a moderately intelligent, imaginative person, chances are you have the ability (at your best) to write something someone somewhere will want to read.

 

No, the way you can determine whether you are a novel writer is quite straightforward. You have to write a book. See, it’s easy. And also very hard.

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Lionel Shriver: How I write

Lionel Shriver: How I write | The Funnily Enough | Scoop.it

Start with large, strong coffee. Read paper, doesn't much matter which one. Concentrate on little stories. Dostoevsky snatched scads of ideas from newspapers. Self could not make this stuff up, so why bother?

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Three Secrets to Writing a Convincing Voice--from any perspective

Three Secrets to Writing a Convincing Voice--from any perspective | The Funnily Enough | Scoop.it

Voice is hard, but sometimes we make it harder than it needs to be.

 

There are three things to consider when writing as the mouthpiece of your character:

 

1. What they observe

2. How they filter it

3. How they react

 

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Plot from Subplot and Visa Versa

Plot from Subplot and Visa Versa | The Funnily Enough | Scoop.it

We all know that a story comprises of a plot and subplot. But what precisely is the relationship of one to the other? This is an important subject and one that warrants restating.

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Planning Your Novel’s Beginning

Planning Your Novel’s Beginning | The Funnily Enough | Scoop.it

Today, let's look at planning your novel's beginning. If you're writing a 50K novel (even if there are plans to flesh it out to longer after the first rough draft), your opening is going to run about 12,500 words, or roughly 25% of the book. If you're doing a half novel, you'll be around 25K words, maybe fewer if your word count is under 100K. Just look at your target word count and do the math.

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5 Tips for Writing Kick-Ass Characters

5 Tips for Writing Kick-Ass Characters | The Funnily Enough | Scoop.it

Characters make the story.

 

They are the most difficult aspect of any work in progress, and the most crucial to its success.

 

There are so many elements to be considered when dealing with characters, especially when your cast is many. And let’s face it; your characters are in need of some tender loving care.

 

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Layers and Layers of Plot, Oh My!

Layers and Layers of Plot, Oh My! | The Funnily Enough | Scoop.it

Novelists focus heavily on plot, and rightly they should. Your novel needs a well-crafted and believable plot. A good story will have one. A great story will have many plot layers. You could call them subplots, but I find it helps to think of them as layers because of the way they work in your story. Plot layers come in all thicknesses of importance, and if they are designed carefully, they will make your story a rich one with unique and lasting flavors that will linger long after your reader finishes your book.

 

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The Science of Lucid Dreaming

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Five Tips for Writing Brilliant Characters

Let's get something out of the way first: what makes one character a great character isn't going to make another character a great character. Katniss and Peeta are on two different ends of the spectrum, yet they're both brilliant characters.

 

Why?

 

There's a handful of things that I've noticed that characters - truly strong characters - have among them.

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NaNoWriMo Prep: Planning Your Novel

NaNoWriMo Prep: Planning Your Novel | The Funnily Enough | Scoop.it

Writers all over are gearing up for NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month), so I thought it might be fun to offer a little help for those about to dive into writing frenzy. For the next several posts, we’re going to talk NaNo Prep! For those of you not doing NaNo, this is a good overview of what goes into a novel, so you'll likely find some helpful tips as well.Throughout the posts will be links for more information to save you time.

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