Plotting and Writing a (Perfect) Novel

I’ve thought a lot about how to approach this post. I mean, what IS a perfect novel anyway. And perhaps that is the point. There really is no such thing. One person’s masterpiece may be unreadable by another person. That also raises the question, “Should a writer simply be trying to write the novel everyone wants?” To that question, I guess I can only say, why not, but then, who is Everyone? We all want success so why not write something that will be popular? The thing is, while I am able to write in multiple genres, the trick for me is to actually CARE about the story I’m writing. If I don’t have some sort of connection to it, I […]

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Get Published Episode 108 – From Television Producer to Writing About Human Trafficking

http://media.blubrry.com/getpublished/p/www.michellplested.com/wp-content/uploads/GetPublished/GetPublished-Episode108.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSSOn today’s show I have Derek Williams. Derek is a television producer, director and novelist. We talk about his new book, The Disillusioned as well as his day job in television. Derek gave me the opportunity to read his book, which is about human trafficking. I give a review of the novel in the Tips and Typos section. That’s today’s episode. I hope you enjoy it. Show Notes 00:00 — Opening – Get Published Episode 108 – From Television Producer to Writing About Human Trafficking Everything has to start somewhere and this is the start of “Get Published” 00:14 — Introduction – Get Published Episode 108 – From Television Producer […]

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Mid-life Crisis

I’ve seen other people have a mid-life crisis where they buy a banging sportscar (note: use of word banging is merely my attempt to feel younger and more relevant) or trade in a spouse for a newer model. My fast-approaching high-school reunion (tomorrow, and no, I’m saying which one) has made me realize that I really need to get onto one of my own and soon. Otherwise, I’ll be retired by the time I actually get around to it. But, what purpose does a mid-life crisis actually serve? I think, and it is only my opinion, is that those people who suffer said affliction come to a realization that they haven’t achieved all those things they set out to do when […]

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