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NaNoWriMo Writers: plotting suggestions

A few suggestions: Don’t edit–this is a first-draft mad dash. Remember your story is essentially a problem that needs solving. Not your problem, the protagonist’s problem. Keep asking yourself ‘what’s the worst thing that can happen next?’ Remember you’re sending your protagonist into new emotional and physical territory. Start at least one subplot. This subplot should […]

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There are still spaces available for The Anchor Scenes Workshop

Deep Fiction: The Anchor Scenes October 12, 2013 9:30 – 4:30 p.m. Tabor Space 5441 S.E. Belmont, the Library Portland, OR The task of a novelist or memoirist is to tell a story so riveting that it will hold a reader’s attention for hundreds of pages. This requires intimate knowledge of the characters, their inner […]

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