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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Brainstorm your way to a Novel Idea

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I can’t deny that coming up with ideas is not a problem for me, it’s the organizing and details that get me bogged down in waist deep muck. However, sometimes you can have too many ideas with more loose connections then you know what to do with, and you lose sight of the bigger picture. Or you get in front of the computer and nothing happens. So how can you harness the flow of ideas to help compensate for the times when your creative juices seem to have gone on vacation? Continue reading

The nuts and bolts of story plots

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Plotting an entire novel is a complex task, best summed up by saying it is the author’s way of showing the reader the events as they are unfolding. A successful plot depends largely on how the author chooses to display those events as they unfold.

A good story is made up of a logical beginning, a bumpy middle and a satisfying end. But a good plot is made up of more than just these three basics.

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