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Grow or else

One of the vital aspects of any story is its protagonist. For a story to work, it is mandatory that the protagonist undergoes a change. Occasionally, it’s a major growth or even a complete overhaul, but more often, it’s a … Continue reading

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Motivation – why they do it

Coming up with serious goals for your heroes is not enough to make a story shine. You have to know the characters’ motivation – the stakes. Why do they need to reach their goals? What is at stake for them? … Continue reading

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Conflict: external vs. internal

Every writer knows that conflict is necessary for a story. Without conflict, there is no story. To make a writer’s job more interesting, conflict can take many forms, and the more forms of conflict you have in one story, the … Continue reading

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More than one goal makes life interesting

In the last Writing Tips post, I talked about character goals in fiction. Of course, a novel is rarely sustained by one goal. More often, it’s either a succession of goals for one hero or a goal for every leading … Continue reading

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Are my stories too kooky?

A post for the Insecure Writer’s Support Group May is Short Story Month, so I’m going to rant about short stories again. I like writing them. The short format seems to agree with me. My short stories have been published … Continue reading

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Review and interview with Donna Hole

Donna Hole interviewed me on her website Book Lover. We talked about magic, writing, and my road to fantasy. Donna also reviewed my book Squirrel of Magic – a collection of urban fantasy short stories. She gave the book 5 … Continue reading

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Character goals – positive is keyword

In any story, the lead character must have a goal: to find a sword, to defeat a dragon, to get married. Without that goal (or five) a story becomes just a series of events described in scenes. Of course, there … Continue reading

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Complete or not complete: that’s the question

A post for the Insecure Writer’s Support Group Recently, I submitted a short story to a magazine, and it got rejected. No surprise there, it happens to every writer. What was a surprise was the reason for the rejection. The … Continue reading

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Nude Bargain on Wattpad

I posted another short story on Wattpad. Nude Bargain is a science fiction story about a young art dealer in space. Could she save her ship and crew from the ruthless space pirates? What is art worth in space? Read … Continue reading

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Dream Frigate on Wattpad

I posted another story on Wattpad – Dream Frigate. The story genre is magic realism. In 2008, it was included in the anthology of lesbian stories Toe to Toe: Standing Tall and Proud. Diana thought she would pay any price … Continue reading

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