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“The Story Grid”, Shawn Coyne #takeawaykeys

What your characters say they are is NOT who they are… What they do is the key. Shawn Coyne 1. Think in 5 principles, the bricks for any successful story:  TIME, SUBSTANCE, STYLE, STRUCTURE, CONTENT. 2. Learn your genre – there’s a great collection (with examples) of differences between each genre. I can’t mention them all (only some), but read further or go, grab the book! 3. Your hero. If your story doesn’t change your lead...

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Mistakes you make … 

Allow yourself to make mistakes. There will always be times in your life when you fail, but you can make that failure into a success by choosing to learn from it. Tomorrow is another day. Try again. Avina Celeste Here’s the lesson to learn – #takeawaykeys  (Masterclass: Atwood + Gaiman united) 1. Know your hero. Make a sheet for each character (his or her life month by month).  2. Research after outline or plotting, because the research...

Dare to be – short story #scifi #romance

Time: 2099 Heroes: Kanslan – female (means “feeling” in Swedish) Skrecken – male (means “fear, terror” in Swedish) Djuret – male (means “animal” in Swedish) or Känslan/Skräcken/Djuret Place: Imorgon – city (means “Tomorrow” in Swedish) New words to check: Trunk – bed Jen – a memory pod for uploading thoughts/images Nimbus – radiance around the body Palaver – some kind of council Scanner – installs to scan personal compatibility Ward – house AA – a warm drink/food...

The anatomy of a triller

Dan Brown’s masterclass #takeawaykeys  1. The most important stones to build a perfect thriller are: world the sole dramatic question a hero a goal obstacles a moment when a hero concurred a villain 2. Think 3 C’s First C – The Contract That promise you are making with the reader (do NOT break it!) Second C – The crucible Something that holds things together and doesn’t let them escape (fill life of your hero with: obstacles,...

Books fall open, you fall in…

There is no WP-life without ‘awards’. Thanks to great blog ‘Daughter’s Diary’ QUESTIONS:  1. What’s your favorite fiction? A good book, any genre. The older I am the more I think that ‘genre’ doesn’t matter – I simply prefer to read ‘a well written book’, preferably with an interesting writing style or heroes to relate. A good book should leave you… slightly exhausted at the end. You live several lives while reading it. William Styron 😁 I got an idea...

Do psychic phenomena exist?

Psychokinesis Telepathy Clairvoynce Teleportation Magnetism Pyrokinesis Precognition and much more… How about a quick experiment? Ask 10 closest people to you if such things as telepathy and clairvoyance are real, then note their responses. I can bet that there’ll be no consensus with their answers. While some would give you an irritated eye-roll and continue with what they were doing, others might brighten up, as they begin to reel out testimonies of its truth. If someone...

Keep going

Wayne Gretzky once said: “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.” This is about going after what you want…  Sometimes I’m clouted with thoughts like “am I good enough to be here, to tell my stories, to write books, to publish them”, experiencing impostor syndrome. But then I tell myself “Stop it. Look at all your accomplishments. Think – you got where you are now for a reason. Face your challenges and don’t back...