MBM: The Writing Formula: Success in Any Genre by Jen Johnson

Welcome to the ninth day of MARCH BOOK MADNESS! (Full explanation and schedule here.)

Today Jen Johnson is here to discuss story structure. Jen and I met through my dad, when she was adapting his novel The Freedom Factor into a play. Since then, we’ve been able to meet up at a writing conference and chat online about writing. She’s a great person, a lot of fun, and very talented. So here she is:

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MBM:Playing Fair: Good Guys vs. Bad Guys by @RLBelliston

Welcome to the first day of MARCH BOOK MADNESS! (Full explanation and schedule here.)

I get to start off this month of writing tips and advice by talking about how authors can play fair with good guys vs. bad guys. Continue reading “MBM:Playing Fair: Good Guys vs. Bad Guys by @RLBelliston”

MBM: Writer’s Block? Break Through the Storm in Your Brain With Mind Mapping by @ChrisRosche

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MBM: Developing Plot and Characters Together — by Tricia Pease

Welcome to the fourth day of March Book Madness. (If you’ve missed any days, make sure to catch up. The schedule is at the bottom of this post.) 

Today, Tricia Pease is here talking about how plot and characters can be developed together. Tricia is my niece, and I love her (and her family) to pieces. She’s been an avid reader and writer since she was young, and she’s currently working on two novels. I’m so excited to have another writer in the family, and I’m thrilled she agreed to come back to March Book Madness!

(See her previous post at the end of this one.)

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Tricia Pease:

When starting your book, what came to you first, the hero or the villain?

Maybe it was the plot or the setting?

I have two stories I’m working on, and for one it was the hero and the other it was the plot. But once I had the initial idea, I couldn’t move forward without developing both the story and the characters.

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MBM: Four Essentials Elements of Good Writing by Gerald N Lund

Welcome to the second day of March Book Madness. (The schedule and explanation is at the bottom of this post.)

Today I’m thrilled to have my dad, Gerald N. Lund, here talking about his thoughts on the four essential elements of good writing, plus some advice he’s followed from other authors through the years.

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7 Tips for Writing Multiple POVs

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Get Out Of Your Own Way

When I first started writing novels, I had a lot to say about writing. I was learning so much and anxious to share, so I’d write blog post after blog post of, “Ooooh, look at this new shiny trick!”

Now…

I haven’t posted much lately. It’s not because I feel like I’ve learned everything. It’s the opposite, actually. I’m starting to think I’ve learned too much.

That sounds bad. Let me explain.

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MBM: Premise vs Plot – Which Do You Have? by Janice Hardy

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Welcome to the last day of

MARCH BOOK MADNESS 2013!

If you’re new to March Book Madness, it’s an excuse for me to discuss everything about writing, editing, and reading books with some amazing authors and readers. If you’ve missed any days, make sure to catch up. It’s been awesome.

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