Storybuilder Inc. — Step One: A Premise

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Worlds of the Imagination

Welcome to Storybuilder Inc.

I approach is like a craftsman. Developing procedures and watching a story develop as I follow them is part of the fun. I’m a planner, but I make things up as I go, so the plan helps keep me on track, and gives me a good framework for when making things up requires a clean-up crew.

Today, with Step One, I will talk about the first step I take when I build a story: developing a solid premise.

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“What’s your story about?”

This question often makes writers stutter, especially when a prospective editor or agent is asking them, live time, at a conference. Now is your chance! And what do you say? “Oh, you know, it’s about lots of things…”

Stop. What is your book about? It amazed me, when I wrote failed manuscript #1 and failed manuscript #2, how, despite all the writing and…

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Character Traits: How your hero’s past shapes his future

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Humans have layers: hopes, dreams, flaws, fears and secrets, and in order to create an engaging character that readers will relate to, they need those too. As writers, we’re always trying to find ways for the reader to feel that they’re sharing the same experiences with these strong, deep characters do. If you, as the author, create a good backstory and understand what your character(s) did before the story began this will help you to develop characters whose past are woven into the Continue reading

Book review: Throne of Glass

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After serving out a year of hard labor in the salt mines of Endovier for her crimes, 18-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien is dragged before the Crown Prince. Prince Dorian offers her her freedom on one condition: she must act as his champion in a competition to find a new royal assassin.

Her opponents are men-thieves and assassins and warriors from across the empire, each sponsored by a member of the king’s council. If she beats her opponents in a series of eliminations, she’ll serve the kingdom for four years and then be granted her freedom. Celaena finds her training sessions with the captain of the guard, Westfall, challenging and exhilirating. But she’s bored stiff by court life. Things get a little more interesting when the prince starts to show interest in her … but it’s the gruff Captain Westfall who seems to understand her best.

Then one of the other contestants turns up dead … quickly followed by another. Can Celaena figure out who the killer is before she becomes a victim? As the young assassin investigates, her search leads her to discover a greater destiny than she could possibly have imagined.
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Revising your first draft Pt. 1

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When writing your novel, it’s inevitable that you will need to revise it. In fact you will likely revise it multiple times before it’s finally ready to be read by others, than you’ll need to revise it even more. Here are some ways to help you through this process, whether it’s your first revision or your fifteenth. Continue reading

Choosing the right POV for your novel

untitled2When planning your story or novel, deciding on the point of view is critical before you start. Though you can change the point of view after you’ve begun writing, it makes it time consuming and confusing. Taking time to consider what will work for you and your story when structuring it will keep the reader grounded and help them understand who is telling the story. Continue reading