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Brainstorming Part 1: Getting Others’ Ideas

Brainstorming Part 1: Getting Others’ Ideas

Writers don’t brainstorm as much as they should.  How do I know that?  Because you really can’t brainstorm too much.  Ours is a business of ideas.  Our currency…

3 Ways to Harness the Evil Plot Bunny (and make it work for you)

3 Ways to Harness the Evil Plot Bunny (and make it work for you)

Given the OYAN community’s recent obsession with plot bunnies (story ideas) I decided I’d take some time to explore the topic.  More specifically, I thought it might be…

New Ideas (and how to grow them)

New Ideas (and how to grow them)

Some points in a writer’s life are just the best. And that little moment when you get a great new story idea is one of the best of them…

Halfway: How to Save Your Dying NaNo

Halfway: How to Save Your Dying NaNo

Well, it’s the middle of the month. NaNo is halfway done. That’s good right? No. The problem? Your NaNo isn’t halfway done. How are you going to…

Where to Find Your Chapter Outlines

Where to Find Your Chapter Outlines

You have three things for your story: a general idea, characters, and that nagging awareness that NaNo is ready for you, regardless of your being ready for it. So, maybe…

Three Key Pre-Outlining Details for NaNo

Three Key Pre-Outlining Details for NaNo

You’ve asked your big questions and learned a lot about your hero and villain, as well as your general plot idea, but what do you do now? Is it…

Story Idea Development Part 1: Ask Big Questions

Story Idea Development Part 1: Ask Big Questions

Whether you’re getting a late start on your OYAN, or looking ahead to your NaNo, about this time in our wonderful month in October you’re probably looking at…