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Guest Author Michael J. Martinez: Using Excel to Outline (+ a Giveaway!)

Guest Author Michael J. Martinez: Using Excel to Outline (+ a Giveaway!) | Bullish Ink: Write Fiction Right | Scoop.it
By Michael J. Martinez
Please join me in welcoming Michael J. Martinez to the blog today to chat with us about a different way to outline.
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Writing: a System I Used to Write a 508 Page Novel...

Writing: a System I Used to Write a 508 Page Novel... | Bullish Ink: Write Fiction Right | Scoop.it
This last spring I finally finished the first draft on a NaNoWriMo novel I started back in November, 2011. Spanning several years, computers and locations, I thought I'd share the software/hardware...
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Jane Steen's comment, June 28, 2013 2:02 PM
Thanks for this - I just bought Scapple. I'm a big Scrivener fan but Scapple hasn't really been on my radar. I'm facing a possible rewrite (horrors!) and getting it brainstormed may take some time. Let's hope Scapple helps.
Ruth Long 's comment, June 28, 2013 2:04 PM
I'd love to hear how it work for you, Jane!! I am just learning Scrivener and am very interested in trying Scrapple! :)
Jane Steen's comment, July 12, 2013 1:31 PM
Ruth, I've been using Scapple to mindmap my beta readers' comments on the current draft of my WIP and to throw in my own thoughts. It's a wonderful tool! I have also acquired MagicalPad for my iPad (as Scapple doesn't have an iPad version), a similar concept but with more features. I have to say, though, I like Scapple's simplicity and focus, and the fact that it syncs with Scrivener.
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How to Plot for #NaNoWriMo (Pantser Style)

How to Plot for #NaNoWriMo (Pantser Style) | Bullish Ink: Write Fiction Right | Scoop.it

What I discovered through trial and error is: it's better to plot. It saves a lot of time and angst. A LOT. And the draft I have is more manageable to revise, because THAT's how authors get books they love to death. And books they will spend months of time with to achieve the "I love you" phase.

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A Cool Way to Outline Your Novel

A Cool Way to Outline Your Novel | Bullish Ink: Write Fiction Right | Scoop.it

I may be a little late to the party, but I have found an awesome free tool on the Internet to use when outlining and brainstorming ideas for your next novel.

Now, I've never used anything before. Naturally, I am a pantster. I've tried to outline. Tried to plan. Just one example is when I began my current WIP. I went out and purchased a big white board, which I begged my husband to hang it for me. I swore I was going to use it. Well...I lied. Now it just hangs there mocking me.

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How to Plot Without Plotting

How to Plot Without Plotting | Bullish Ink: Write Fiction Right | Scoop.it

Whether you’re a plotter or a pantser, most of us can probably agree that it’s generally a good idea to have some idea of where you’re going before you start a novel. Even if the idea is as vague as cyborg falls in love with anti-technological hippie girl or when marshmallows attack, it’s necessary to have some form of direction before you launch into the enormous project of writing a book.

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The Other Side of the Story: The Best Advice on Plotting I've Ever Heard: Two Tips That Will Make Plotting Easier

The Other Side of the Story: The Best Advice on Plotting I've Ever Heard: Two Tips That Will Make Plotting Easier | Bullish Ink: Write Fiction Right | Scoop.it

Every scene in your story is connected, and how you connect them will determine whether or not they're moving the story of just showing stuff happening. If you can say "and then" between them, they're not advancing the story. If you can say "but" or "therefore" then something happens that forces a conflict or a decision and the story advances.

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