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Going Deep

You’ve determined who your main characters will be as well as their relationships to one another. Now is the time to go deeper into these characters. You’ll do this by creating a biography of each one of them. By “biography” I [...]

October 14, 2014 How To Self-Publish Your Novel
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What’s The Story?

Okay, so you have your main characters.  Now, what do they do? What is the plot of your story? I mentioned in a previous post that you have to decide what your main character wants and that that is the [...]

July 22, 2014 How To Self-Publish Your Novel

The Other Characters, part 2

We’ve been talking about story consultant Christopher Vogler’s explanation of the archetypical character types who appear in most great fiction, from The Odyssey to Star Wars, in order to help you to decide which supporting characters you need to create [...]

July 8, 2014 How To Self-Publish Your Novel
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The Other Characters

So, you know now who your Protagonist and Antagonist will be and what their relationship is to one another. Who else will be in your story? Who are the members of your supporting cast? I refer you here to an [...]

June 24, 2014 How To Self-Publish Your Novel
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Who’s in Your Story?

When I was a student at CAL, I lived in a boarding house, actually an old Maybeck-designed house. I knew that this historic house, as well as its inhabitants, would be central to the story I was going to write. [...]

December 2, 2013 How To Self-Publish Your Novel
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Write the Story You Have to Tell

What story are you dying to tell? What story consumes you? Maybe something happened in your past that you’ve been wanting, for years, to turn into a great yarn  — a love affair, a troubled childhood, the death of someone [...]

December 2, 2013 How To Self-Publish Your Novel
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How I Got Started Writing

Whether you’ve already written your novel or are just getting started, you may feel daunted by the prospect of actually getting your book published – most writers do. It is very difficult these days to find an agent who will [...]

July 22, 2013 How To Self-Publish Your Novel