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Plot Challenges

Rhobin has come up with another thought-provoking topic. In your writing how do you recognize and overcome plot problems or failures? Recognizing plot problems is usually fairly easy. You write yourself into a corner, or you hit writer’s block. You sit and stare at the screen and try to force one, or more, of your characters to do something that goes against their philosophy or goal, and they refuse. The story doesn’t move forward. You decide you shouldn’t be a writer.  Overcoming plot problems can be a challenge. One of the first things I do when I realize I’ve hit a wall and don’t know how to get over it, is take a break. Going for a walk sometimes works. It clears the mind. Listening to music. Brainstorm with a writing friend. One thing that often works for me is before I go to sleep, I think about my problem. What’s wrong with the plot? What can I do about it? Sometime before I wake up in the morning my mind will often solve the problem and when I wake up I have at least one idea on how to solve the problem. I may even have more than one possibility. Worst case scenario is the plot isn’t working, because that’s not the way the story is meant to go. It’s not the story the characters want to tell. So, you delete, and cut, and go back to the beginning and start over. I’m looking forward to reading how other ...
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Update – FYI

If you’re checking for Dr. Bob Rich (and free books) – scroll downOr check out the permalink at will be up until July 1st when he’ll announce the winners of the books. And is you’re interested in the Fringe Festival workshops, you can still access them at ...
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Sylvia Hubbard on Heroes and a New Book

This week we’re going to find out a little about author Sylvia Hubbard. June’s theme is ‘Heroes’ so Sylvia will be talking about heroes. She’ll also tell us a little about herself and her writing, and answer some fun questions.Detroit Author & Founder of Motown Writers Network, Sylvia Hubbard has ...
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Kelli Wilkins on Marketing and her new Book

This week we’re going to find out a little about author Kelli Wilkes. Kelli will be talking about marketing. She’ll also tell us a little about herself and her writing, and answer some fun questions.Kelli A. Wilkins is an award-winning author who has published more than 100 short stories, 19 ...
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Update on the ALLIE Fringe Festival

I’ve been asked to post on the ALLIE Fringe Festival so here’s a few highlights. The second workshop I attended, and for me, the most interesting was Instafreebie Explosion. I had never heard of Instafreebie. It explained how to add thousands of targeted readers to your email list. I’ve learned ...
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