The Goals for a Blockbuster Beginning

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Photo: Battle by Ponce de Leon by J. Wilder Bill Relationships can be described as existing where two people deal with each other. Keeping the connection is difficult, particularly when a writer sets up challenges for the characters to overcome. Whether the genre you write is romance or the relationship is the subplot, there is… Continue reading The Goals for a Blockbuster Beginning

What’s Your Favorite Type of Romance?

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Photo: The Drake Hotel, Chicago by J. Wilder Bill Every story has a romantic element. The ebb and flow of the arc of a relationship includes scenes where the heroine and the hero share a moment of intimacy, acknowledge their connection, and share the love.  The type of romance you love reveals the issues you… Continue reading What’s Your Favorite Type of Romance?

Writer’s Tips for Heroes with a Heart

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Photo: The Boston Globe by J. Wilder Bill Gestures for Impassioned Storytelling Body Language when described well, can tell the entire story. Gestures reveal what the character is thinking, which oftentimes, you can add depth to his role by having them express the opposite of what he is saying. A way to develop trust with the… Continue reading Writer’s Tips for Heroes with a Heart

Cas Peace on Medieval Storytelling

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Photo: Cathedral of St. Andrews, Fife, Scotland by J. Wilder Bill King’s Envoy is the first novel in the fantasy series, Artesans of Albia, by Cas Peace. An Albian Baron in the fourth dimension sets out to destroy the Artesan craft but first he must gain the power to cross through each realm. Peace shares… Continue reading Cas Peace on Medieval Storytelling

Joyce Sweeney Rocks the Clock

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Photo: Capitol Hill, Washington D.C. by J. Wilder Bill Artwork: Clio by Carlo Franzoni, Clock by Simon Willard Authoress, Joyce Sweeney, lives the hero’s journey with her writing. She flourishes as an author by winning the first Delacorte Press Prize for Outstanding First Young Adult Novel, the Silver Medal in the Florida Book Awards, and… Continue reading Joyce Sweeney Rocks the Clock

Clarify the Scenes

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Photo: Harry's Vanishing Teacup by J. Wilder Bill A stimulating plot consists of twists and turns, ups and downs, highs and lows – all accomplished by variety in the types of scenes.  Intentionally distinguish the purpose of each scene to avoid repetition in the pacing of your storyline.  The following are a selection of scenes… Continue reading Clarify the Scenes

A Humdinger Ending

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Photo: Hotel Monteleone, New Orleans by J. Wilder Bill Endings can make or break an entire story. We’ve all heard about the protagonist’s motivation dictating his actions. His motivation shapes the plot and determines the big finale of the story. Whether you’re a plotter with an outline, or a panster with a completed first draft, once… Continue reading A Humdinger Ending