Create Compelling Scenes with the MRU
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Create Compelling Scenes with the MRU

Structuring your novel’s big picture is important. The structure of your scenes all the way down to your character’s motivations and reactions are equally important. If you get the sequence out of order, you risk confusing or completely disengaging your reader. Don’t worry. You can create compelling scenes with the MRU. The motivation-reaction unit (MRU) Read more

One Plotting Tool for All
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One Plotting Tool for All

Whether you’ve just finished a project or you’ve just started writing, facing the blank screen (page) is daunting. It can make even the best ideas shrivel in your head and freeze your fingers. Some believe that story structure is essential for success and advise all writers must plan their story in advance. Others believe spontaneity Read more

Things I Wish I Knew Before I Published: Part III
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Things I Wish I Knew Before I Published: Part III

by Lynette M. Burrows Being an independent author-publisher isn’t for everyone. I chose that path, but my path is mine. You must choose your own path. If you are weighing your options, this “Things I Wish I Knew Before I Published” series may help. Part I and Part II discuss big picture issues to consider. Read more

Things I Wish I Knew Before I Published: Part 2 Redux
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Things I Wish I Knew Before I Published: Part 2 Redux

As happens so often in an author’s life, there was a technical snafu here at WITS on Wednesday. But we love this post so much, we’re rebooting it for you today! Thanks for your patience. by Lynette M. Burrows I love being an independent author-publisher. Being in control of my business gives me a great Read more

Things I Wish I Knew Before I Published: Part I
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Things I Wish I Knew Before I Published: Part I

By Lynette M. Burrows I am an independent author-publisher. I love what I do. But there are things I wish I knew before I published.  I spent years learning how to write a story. Having listened to more than a few science fiction authors, I knew more than the average person about the book publishing Read more

35 Tips to a Healthier Writer You in 2022
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35 Tips to a Healthier Writer You in 2022

Lynette M. Burrows It’s the holidays and your non-writing mind may be on giving gifts to others. That’s wonderful, but consider giving a writer-centric gift to yourself. Writers are often workaholics, to their physical detriment. This holiday season, give yourself the gift of better health. Here are 35 tips to make you a healthier writer Read more

Lies, Secrets, and Scars Create Better Characters
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Lies, Secrets, and Scars Create Better Characters

by Lynette M. Burrows Many writers spend days, weeks, months, even years creating characters using complex character profile worksheets. The best characters aren’t a collection of data points on a worksheet. Depending upon data points like the genre, physical attributes, favorite desert, or what he’s wearing may disrupt story flow even to the point of Read more