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Book Review – The Ultimate Hero’s Journey: 195 Essential Plot Stages Found in the Best Novels & Movies

Well, that’s a mouthful and they had to use an ampersand to make it all fit. However, Neal Soloponte provides 195 plot stages to consider in shaping a novel so the title needs some heft. The Ultimate Hero’s Journey: 195 Essential Plot Stages Found in the Best Novels & Movies delivers so many plot stages that I fell into the rabbit hole Soloponte took in writing this book. Like my favorite, Structuring Your Novel: Essential Keys…

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On Writing

Write Fiction with a Story Prompt

I am a big fan of story prompts whether they consist of a word, a sentence, an idea, or a photo. The story prompt serves as a launch pad for creativity and it prompts the writer to see inward, consider possibilities, and think how the reader will respond. On Steemit, the #freewrite group of writers tackles a daily story prompt provided by @mariannewest. Nearly 250 writers participate by writing whatever comes to mind in five minutes. Some…

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My Typewriter Affection

In the fourth grade I received an old manual typewriter. I immediately put out a family newspaper and charged my sisters 5-cents to read it. They loved me and bought my daily scribblings until mom told them to stop it. I then just gave them copies. We never had hamster cages, so I always assumed they read them and probably tossed them (recycling wasn’t a thing when we were kids). My early writings are probably…

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Reading, Writing, and Arithmetic

My personal writing routine centers around creating at least 500 words of thoughts and reflections everyday. This could be fiction, poetry, a chat-story, or just drabbles. Writing comes natural and I enjoy it. However, those 500 words of fiction writing provide a challenge. Think of writing with your non-dominant hand; the letters scrawl out, but they may not be easy to read. I am a professional writer of non-fiction, and even though it consists of…

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On Writing Self-Publishing

Info Book Marketing and Promotion Tips

I have self-published three information books on Amazon. If only I had thought about info book marketing first. My self-publishing adventure has taught me quite a few things about marketing my books. Honestly, the publishing process is easy. The marketing and promotion takes the most work. Lessons Learned: Plan Info Book Marketing and Promotion as you write Think about the audience Write it and they will come doesn’t work Plan Info Book Marketing and Promotion…

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A Worthy Foe

I see my protagonist in The Farmer’s Cop pretty clearly. He’s a former sheriff who recently lost the family ranch due to bad investments. He’s a pariah with his siblings; they really don’t like him. He moves from rural California to Los Angles; a sheep missing his wool. He is trying to fit into a hip culture, and well, he will never be mistaken for hip. But he’s trying. My protagonist is very smart and…

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There Must Be a Change

[aesop_image imgwidth=”800″ img=”https://wordsmithholler.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/wicker-fence-949075_1920.jpg” credit=”Pixabay” align=”left” lightbox=”on” captionposition=”left” revealfx=”off”] For a story to rivet the reader, the characters must change from evil to good, happy to sad, selfish to compassionate, or a similar change. Otherwise, the story reads like a bland planner entry. Short stories, in particular, must show the change quickly. Flash Fiction under 500 words needs the reader to understand the main character is a lout and will become less of one by the end.…

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