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A study of tragedy during Tragic Times

It’s safe to say there’s a bit of tragedy happening in the world at the moment, and while I wish I had a cure-all for the sadness that occurs during these times, instead I began to think about how could this be used in writing. The thought occurred to me that it might give some people a sense of release to be able to write a tragic story, or to at least include some tragic elements in their works.

It may sound like the exact opposite of what one should do, but it seems to me like it might give some people a sense of control during these times when we seemingly have none.

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Got Myths?

I watched a youtube video the other day about some of the most overdone tropes in fantasy literature. The Youtuber was someone who had been in the publishing industry and then decided to become an author, so she is decidedly more of an authority on the subject of what publishers want than I am.

Having said that, what publishers Want and what people Need isn’t always the same sort of story.

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One of Many Ways to Plot Your Story

Coming off of last week’s Chat about Character Arcs, this week we’ll be looking at how to plot or outline your novel.

Well, we will be looking at one particular perspective on it: mine. Granted my perspective is based on a bit of research as well as past #JustAddTea chats that we’ve had concerning outlining, but it is still simply my view. I know successful authors who plot every detail to the point that their “outline” is practically a rough draft of their book written in a bullet point format. Meanwhile, there are some authors I know who simply go with the flow, in other words, to use the NaNoWriMo term, they are “pantsers.”

Neither is inherently correct or inherently wrong because writing is a particularly personal endeavor, and other than following some basic grammar and spelling conventions so your audience can actually read your work, there isn’t a definitive answer as to “How” you are supposed to do it.

So, take what you can from what I’m offering and make it your own.

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Character Arcs: The 6 Basic Shapes of Stories

Little-known fact about me: Kurt Vonnegut is on my list of top five authors that I aspire to write like. I particularly like his writing style, and Sirens of Titan changed my whole way of viewing the world!

More well-known fact, although new to me: Kurt Vonnegut had a theory about the shapes of stories that was later proven to be relatively true more than 50 years after he attempted to present this theory. It was proven by computers, and I can think of no better way for a Vonnegut theory to be proven!

Unless it were by aliens…

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The Last Day before NaNoWriMo begins!!

While a large portion of the world is dressing up to celebrate Halloween, I and several other writer procrastinators will be scrambling to get all our last minute touches to our outlines, or putting together our writer’s emergency kit. Some of us are just getting around to announcing our novel and signing up. Some of us are kicking ourselves for not buying the Preptober kits that I kept seeing all over the internet…

But whatever you’re doing today, tomorrow you will be writing!

Tomorrow, NaNoWriMo begins.

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