The Craft of Writing

Save the Cat: The Opening Image

One thing I have always struggled with is how on earth to write a good opening. I’ve spent years reading and analyzing stories and still struggled to understand exactly what made the opening of a book a good one.  Enter Save the Cat! Writes a Novel aka my new best friend. The book somehow puts… Continue reading Save the Cat: The Opening Image

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The Craft of Writing: Useful Links

I've recently started running a book club for writers of mystery/thriller and, as such, have had to brush up my knowledge on what makes a good story and what makes a good critique. I didn't want to do anyone a disservice by explaining things off the top of my head, so I went searching for… Continue reading The Craft of Writing: Useful Links

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Save the Cat Chapter One: The Hero

So, we are only several months delayed, and I’m not going to be able to do these posts as quickly as I had hoped, but we are finally ready to discuss Save the Cat! Writes a Novel.  The first chapter of Save the Cat! is about finding yourself a story-worthy hero. I can’t share all… Continue reading Save the Cat Chapter One: The Hero

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Reading About Writing – Save the Cat

So, to start this off, I'll admit I've been looking for some good "How to write a novel" books for a while and nothing was really sticking. I'm not sure if that's my level of interest or the books themselves or what but none of them really seemed to address my actual needs. Fast forward… Continue reading Reading About Writing – Save the Cat

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The Craft of Writing – An Update

The Craft of Writing posts are, understandably, taking me longer to draft than the update posts or the personal posts. I want to have the best materials for you all so I'm not comfortable putting out an unfinished post this week - I will start posting them by January. In the meantime, what do you… Continue reading The Craft of Writing – An Update