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Why Many Authors Have Multiple Projects Going At Once

The thought of writing a book (or a novella, or a short story, or even a poem) may seem daunting, especially for your first piece to publish. As such, the thought of working on two productions at once might sound downright psychotic.

Ignoring the fact that all writers are a tad bit psychotic–especially to the F.B.I. should they ever check our search histories–, working on two projects at once actually helps your projects to reach the finish line faster and with more energy.

Let’s take a look at my two current main series: the Belle Âme Chronicles and Hoodrat Sh!t.

The Belle Âme Chronicles is a dark suspense mystery series of novels. It features psychological manipulation, physical abuse, adult situations, and catastrophic injuries...

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A 12-Step Program For The Hero’s Journey

One of the hardest yet most crucial things to deduce for one’s prose is how to structure the plot. Whereas each individual genre has its own form of structure–a thriller is structured differently than a drama, and both are structured differently than a comedy–, all genres tend to follow The Hero’s Journey.

The Hero’s Journey is a 12-step process commonly seen in Hollywood movies, memoirs, and even (gasp!) religious tomes. If you have absolutely no clue how to start your prose, take your main character, and have them follow this arc.

  1. The Ordinary World – What does the Hero do before he has any inkling about his quest? What is his life like? Where is his safe place? What does he love? What does he hate? This is your chance to introduce us to our Hero and show us why we should like him...
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The Easiest Way To Develop Believable Characters

In our last installment, I mentioned how believable characters are the key to writing success. Whether it is starting your prose or continuing your prose or hoping that your readers enjoy your prose, your characters will make or break your prose in general.

So, the question becomes…how do I create believable characters?

Many websites feature 100-200 question “interviews” to give to each of your characters. The purpose of these interviews is the belief that–once you are done filling it out–you will know everything there is to know about that character: where they came from, who they are, their hopes, their fears, their strengths, and their faults. And this logic is not wrong, as you will know virtually everything that there is to know about that character after answering every questi...

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Your Writing ≠ Chronological

We’ve all experienced it. Writer’s Block. Yeah. It sucks.

Sometimes, Writer’s Block hits before we’ve even begun. Who all has sat in front of a blank white document staring at that cursor blinking and wondering what to possibly put on the page? Don’t be shy. We’ve all been there.

Sometimes, Writer’s Block hits mid-prose. Things have been going well, but now you are inexplicably stuck. And the longer you sit and try to figure out what comes next, the more discouraged you get, and the more you start to hate your prose.

Over the years, I’ve learned that Writer’s Block isn’t exactly Writer’s Block, as in a mental block preventing you from going further. Writer’s Block is more of your brain telling you to skip the “boring” scenes and get back to the action.

When thinking of you...

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