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8 Elements to NAILING Your Plot & Owning NaNo


Ready for NaNoWriMo? Here’s a GREAT post to help you along from Kristen Lamb’s Blog – re-blogging on Archer’s Aim

Originally posted on Kristen Lamb's Blog:

Attack of the Killer Plot Bunny. That rabbit is DYNAMITE!

Attack of the Killer Plot Bunny. That rabbit is DYNAMITE!

I promised not to leave you guys hanging with my last post. Now that I have a lot of you beating your shields ready for NaNo, I’m going to give you battle tactics to come out victorious (or maybe at least alive).

Sure, NaNo is great to just learn to turn off the Inner Editor and get those 50,000 words DOWN. But, if in the end, all we have is a gelatinous ooze that eats people and attacks the city? They call in the National Guard to take out our WIP, because no revision can tame it.

What to do? This post is incredibly redacted, but it’s a blog. So roll with it ;) .

These tips will work for any novel, but they are SUPER important in NaNo, lest we write ourselves into the Corner of NO Escape by…

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‘It’s Over. We Can Coexist Now': Hugh Howey Calls A Ceasefire


Is it truly over between Indie and traditional publishing? A good summation of the current status – re-blogged on Archer’s Aim

Originally posted on Thought Catalog:

‘No Need To Come Out On Top’

It’s time to back off a bit on the arguments for self-publishing.

In a classic example of “burying your lead” — along with a hatchet –the author-activist Hugh Howey quietly has signaled a stand-down to his supporters this week And he’s doing it with the note of generosity that many who follow him have come to expect of the man:

Will a group hug be too much to ask for? I hope not.

Say what?

Say Gandhi. Hugh Howey just did. He quotes the mahatma in one of his most cherished lines:

“First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they attack you, then you win.”

And then, Howey goes on to customize the quote for self-publishing:

Most open-minded authors must now understand that they have options, and what those options are. The only thing about Gandhi’s quote…

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The 4 Personas of a Compelling Character


Apply these excellent thoughts on character to your NaNoWriMo planning. Re-blogged on Archer’s Aim

Originally posted on Joshua M Swenson:

Bruce Wayne isn’t always the Dark Knight. The Man of Steel sometimes masquerades as a bumbling reporter. And the main characters in our own stories won’t be the same from one scene to the next.

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