Hopefully by now, you have seen (or at least heard about) the 2018 release Spiderman: Into the Spider-Verse. Everything in this film — animation, writing, music — is completely stunning. Today I want to talk about what is possibly the most famous scene: What’s Up, Danger? Take two and a half minutes to enjoy this […]
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You’ve found it—the One True Story you want to work on. You’re excited! This is going to be awesome! You start writing and you fall in love with the characters, and the world, and the story— Oh no. This isn’t going to be a standalone like you originally thought. The character arcs need more time […]
I’m here to talk about What Comes Before You Start Writing. I’m not talking about outlining — I’m talking about the pre-outlining process, when you’re ready to streamline your premise and get to know your characters’ basic needs and wants in order to drive the story forward. This is particularly useful for pantsers and plotsers — […]
For this workshop, we’ll be talking about how to find your novel’s core by examining plot, narrative, and log-lines. I’ll do short talks, then release you to do writing exercises. If you want to share what you wrote, you can post them in the comments. We’ll read through and discuss some of them, then […]
This post will go live 5 minutes before the session begins. To participate in the Q&A, post your questions below! Maggie Hall indulges her obsession with distant lands and far-flung adventures as often as she can. She has played with baby tigers in Thailand, learned to make homemade pasta in Italy, and taken thousands […]
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Story inspiration comes from every imaginable place—from far-flung travels, interesting settings, overheard conversations, observing someone or something, daydreaming, personal experiences, fury, fright, questions, and curiosity. The world delivers a barrage of possibilities every day. Sometimes these sparks of fuzzy inspiration burn inside of us for a while but then they sputter and die—we can’t seem […]
Hi and welcome to this blog about the ‘Big Five’ personality traits – openness, conscientiousness, extraversion, agreeableness and neuroticism (acronym: OCEAN) – and how they can help fiction writers to create credible character arcs. This blog is background information for the WriteOnCon 2017 live session about the Big Five and Character Arc Development scheduled for 10.15 […]