Month: July 2019

Expansion Pack: The Stakes Character

Steaks are not the only thing that can sizzle in a book. Try putting some high stakes on a good character and you’ve got some sizzle. Have a look at C. S. Boyack’s helpful take on this in his expansion pack post on Story Empire.

Story Empire

Hi gang, Craig here again with another Expansion Pack. These are designed to enhance the series I wrote about The Hero’s Journey, also known as the Writing Monomyth.

It’s worth repeating that none of the Expansion Pack material is required for your stories. These are just as advertised. If you want to get a bit deeper into the optional stuff, you might find them helpful.

I think everyone understands the concept of stakes, but in fiction there has to be a risk of some kind. What might be lost? What might be gained? That kind of thing.

You can even use a recipe card to a degree: If hero doesn’t accomplish goal, blank will happen. There is a lot of room to play here, particularly in the goal area. Today we want to focus on the ________ will happen part.

You’ve read books, or seen films, where the…

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How to Track a Scrivener Project with Meta-Data

Moving on with a Scrivener how-to post from yesterday on Story Empire.

Story Empire

Happy Monday to all the Story Empire readers. PH here today with another Scrivener tip that may help you with a writing project – tracking your WIP with meta-data.

I’ve written about the Inspector a number of times in the past. Just to re-cap, the Inspector is the bar on the right side of the editor. If you want to find out more about the Inspector, here’s a quick tour. You can use features in this handy toolbar such as the Scratchpad 0r Document References.

Once turned on, the Inspector allows you to work with various forms of meta-data in your project. What’s meta-data? In short, it’s extra information, but for today’s post, let’s expand that to: a way of making comments about your work for tracking purposes. Examples are the synopsis, document notes, document references, keywords, snapshots and comments & footnotes. But there are a few more…

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#ShareAReviewDay Tuesday – The Gate by D. L. Cross

A review of The Gate written by D L Cross over on The Write Stuff.

The Write Stuff

So happy to have D. L. Cross joining us this morning with a review of her book The Gate. Folks, I’ve read this one, and trust me, you’ll enjoy it as much as I did, I’m sure! Thanks for sharing this review far and wide, as well. 


D. L. Finn5.0 out of 5 stars
May 9, 2019Format: Kindle Edition (Verified Purchase)
I highly recommend!

I’ve been looking forward to this release and was impressed from the first page. “The Gate” is the beginning of the Astral Conspiracy Series, and I found it was like reading a movie it was so vivid. The characters felt very real including my favorite, Landon Thorne. He had theories others made fun of until they realized he was right. I connected with him staying true to himself and not allowing others to force change. With so much action and urgency…

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