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Into (and in) No Plot? No Problem! Again

The newest (Revised, Updated, and Expanded) version of Chris Baty’s wonderful book, No Plot? No Problem! has just been published. And I’m in it — again. How cool is that! Twelve years ago I participated in my first NaNoWriMo. That … Continue reading

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Thumbs Up or Thumbs Down?

This is sort of a “what if” page. It’s going to be short and sweet. It’s really just a contained rant. So many Internet sites, Yahoo Answers, Facebook, etc. have a way for you to “like” a page or a … Continue reading

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Using What Ifs To Generate Story Ideas

I have (over the past two years) written several posts about the idea of using the phrase “What if” as an idea generator for developing a plot. What If novels are often about large historical events, Kennedy’s assassination, the D-Day … Continue reading

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Getting Unstuck From the Dreaded Writer’s Block

You’re facing the blank page, and nothing’s happening (either in your mind or with your fingers). No words are appearing on the screen (I almost said “on the page,” but my tech-geek gene stopped me). Writer’s block has arrived. Or … Continue reading

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Genesis of If a Butterfly – Character Decisions

Okay, by this time I had six main characters (a lot to juggle, I know), but with NaNoWriMo just weeks away at this point, my biggest worry was finding a way for these characters to inhabit a location (possibly on … Continue reading

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Genesis of If a Butterfly – Decisions, Part Deux

In the last post, I talked about the idea of constructing the plot of If a Butterfly around a Monarch butterfly, on its annual migration from Canada to Mexico, interacting with characters who happened to be in its path. The … Continue reading

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Genesis of If a Butterfly – Decisions, Decisions

In the previous post, I talked about how the idea for my first novel, If a Butterfly, originally formed. It was early Fall, 2003, and I had been trying to develop a plot idea for NaNoWriMo, which was then about … Continue reading

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Genesis of If a Butterfly – The Very Beginning

The first novel I finished was called If a Butterfly. I started it in November of 2003, and didn’t finish it until October of 2012. This doesn’t mean I worked on it every day for nearly nine years. Other projects … Continue reading

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Note About the What If …..? Posts

I intend to do a number of these. The question writers often get asked, after all, is “where do you get all your ideas?” And the answer many times is, “I read (or heard) something that sparked an idea, and … Continue reading

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What If ……? (Rush Hour Traffic)

Disclaimer, regarding the post below: No, I’m not texting and posting while driving. I’m just writing in present tense after the fact. 😉 It’s about 3:30 pm, and I’m heading north on I-45, the freeway in Houston that runs north … Continue reading

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