Today I am thrilled to be continuing my interview with Tonya Kappes, prolific indie author and fellow University of Kentucky alumnus. She’s the author of eight novels and co-author of Tricked Out Toolbox, a book on marketing for authors. Her ninth novel, A Charming Crime, launches this week! You can buy A Charming Crime at Amazon and Barnes & Noble. Tonya … Continue reading
It’s a balmy night in Texas, one of those nights that’s so hot the falling rain evaporates on your clothes. Bugs congregate around any light they can find. A football team, embittered and disgraced, stands on a neglected field in front of a bonfire. Their coach, just one disastrous game in to his fourth job in three … Continue reading
Just a heads-up: James Scott Bell’s (Twitter: @jamesscottbell ) bestselling how-to PLOT & STRUCTURE is currently on sale on Kindle and Nook for $1.99. I’m a cheapskate when it comes to buying books like this–probably because I buy so many–and I’ve been waiting for used copy prices to drop. The cheapest I’d seen a physical … Continue reading
I’m not an outliner. Never have been. Most of my stories have been conceived with an ending in mind, and then I pick a starting point and work my way toward end. Is that the best way to write? I honestly don’t think so. But it is my way, and the way I’ve always done … Continue reading
So here’s a recap for the week: Monday – Storytelling in general Tuesday – Plotting using simple structure Wednesday – Opening the story and using exposition What’s in store for today? My final entry on plotting for the week, of course!
Monday, I gave a short overview of storytelling using the example of Lego bricks in a bucket. If you missed that, you might want to go back and check it out. Yesterday, I began my overview of plotting. I’m going to jump right into part two here, so if you haven’t read yesterday’s post, take … Continue reading
Yesterday, I described story as a bucket full of Lego blocks. If you didn’t read it yet, click here and come back when you’re finished. Today, we’re going to look at what those blocks are. And while it’s easy to assume that story and plotting are the same thing, they’re not. At least not to … Continue reading