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4 Questions to Help Identify Where Your Story Should Begin

It can be challenging to find the right place to begin your story. Too early and you risk losing your audience because there isn’t enough going on. Too late and your audience is left scratching their heads. So, how do you find the right place to start your story? There are several questions you can ask yourself to pinpoint where and how to start. Remember, if you don’t know all the answers, that’s okay. It just means you might have some homework to do first. “What is my story really about?” For example, you decide you want to write a story about elves stealing babies and replacing them with changelings. You should probably start your story near or at a […]

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Same Idea, Different Story

I have had several people reach out to me over the past weeks about an upcoming movie titled, Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse. Some have asked if it is based on my book, Scouts of the Apocalypse. Some have asked if I’m going to go after the studio for stealing my idea. In both cases, the answer is NO! I have long known that ideas were the easy part of the story. Everyone has ideas about things all the time. It is the execution of the idea that makes it both unique and valuable. Since I first told the story of Scouts of the Apocalypse around the campfire and then podcast it I have seen evidence of several similar ideas. Scouts having […]

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I Followed Some (Great) Writing Advice

I am a firm believer that every writer is different. What works for you might or might not work for me. That is part of the reason I have interviews with writerly types on Get Published. If enough people tell their personal story to getting their work published, one of the stories might resonate with you. Last week I got some great advice regarding revisions. I have been struggling a bit on my current revisions and I was discussing it with another writer. He said he approaches revisions differently. He treats them as another opportunity to spend time with the characters. Time he wouldn’t ordinarily have. That made it more enjoyable for him. What I was doing wasn’t working so I […]

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