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Posted In The Celestial Isles, The Electrical Menagerie, Writing

“The Electrical Menagerie” Official Reveal!

Mollie E. Reeder | March 23, 2018

It’s finally here!

The official website for my new steampunk series, The Celestial Isles, is now live! But that’s not all – today is also the day I revealed the official cover and synopsis for the first Celestial Isles novel, The Electrical Menagerie!

I am so excited about this series, and if you visit the official site, you can read about The Electrical Menagerie, meet the characters, and snag a FREE copy of a Celestial Isles tie-in novelette, Arbrook Huxley & the Star-Crossed Lovers.



The Electrical Menagerie is planned for a Summer 2018 release. If you would like to write an advance review of The Electrical Menagerie, please request a free Advance Reader Copy via email. *

I have lots of awesome Celestial Isles goodies to come… make sure you’re subscribed to my mailing list so that you don’t miss any of the awesome! The world of The Electrical Menagerie is an incredibly fun universe filled with all my favorite things, and I can’t wait to share the secrets of the Celestial Isles with you. Click on the book cover below and visit the official Celestial Isles website for your first glimpse into that world!

(I have a limited number of digital ARCs to distribute, and cannot guarantee you will receive one.)




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Posted In Guest Post, Story Structure, Writing

Plotting Great Book Series (featuring Gillian Bronte Adams)

Mollie E. Reeder | January 24, 2018

It’s hard enough just to write a good story. But with book series at the pinnacle of popularity, both for readers and writers, the challenge is greater — telling a good story across multiple books.

How can discovery writers “plot” future books when they embark on book one? What if book one is already written and published when you start plotting book two? Is it possible to “backwards-brainstorm” a series arc?

Gillian Adams, speculative fiction writer and author of The Songkeeper Chronicles, discusses these topics and more, sharing her insight and process on plotting a great series!

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Posted In Plotting, Theme, Writing

Story Theme: The Conflict (Theme #3)

Mollie E. Reeder | July 6, 2017

Okay, so you’ve found your story’s theme. But isn’t that just a bunch of feely mumbo-jumbo? It’s not going to help you put scenes on paper, is it?

…IS. IT?

(spoiler alert: it is)

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Posted In Plotting, Story Structure, Writer's Block, Writing

Plotting for Pantsers: 2 Questions to Unlock Your Story

Mollie E. Reeder | June 21, 2017

As a novice writer I had many false starts. My stories always seeded as characters. Great characters! Characters with tragic backstories, with interesting tics and colorful personalities.

So a man walks into a bar and…

Then what?

My mistake was this: I may have had a great character, but I didn’t have a story. (Yet.)

Even for the most ardent pantser, here are 2 plotting questions to fuel story, unstick you when you’re stuck, and turn false starts into finishes.

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Posted In Plotting, Theme, Writing

Story Theme: The Heart (Theme #2)

Mollie E. Reeder | April 26, 2017

Theme is great, but what if you don’t know what the theme of your story is? What if you already wrote the story, and it’s too late to use theme to shape the premise?

Never fear. Here are 3 exercises to discover theme in your writing – even after it’s written.

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Posted In Plotting, Theme, Writing

Story Theme: The Glue (Theme #1)

Mollie E. Reeder | April 19, 2017

What if there was a critical story element – an adhesive – that could patch story holes, connect tangential elements, and make sure the story “sticks” with the audience?

That “Magic Story Adhesive” exists, and it’s called theme!

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Posted In Raptor Uprising, Writing

#WIPjoy Recap & Wrap-Up

Mollie E. Reeder | February 1, 2017

My first foray into #WIPjoy was a smashing great time. Made a lot of new friends, thought a lot about my current project, and enjoyed looking forward to the prompts each day. Bring on the next one!

In case you missed it, here’s a recap of this month’s prompts & answers:

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Posted In Writing

Bad Guys Gone Good

Mollie E. Reeder | December 31, 2016

“Bad Guy” shouldn’t be synonymous with “bad character” – unfortunately, it sometimes is! Your villain is how we measure the mettle of your hero – which means your villain better make an impression. Here are four ways to make sure your villains are people, not plot devices.

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Posted In Creative Philosophy, Writer's Block, Writing

Finish Your Story!

Mollie E. Reeder | December 30, 2016

Recently, I heard this question:

“I want to write, desperately, but I have never written anything because I can never find the perfect idea. I’m afraid I will never finish anything because I will lose interest partway through. How can I pick the right project?”

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Posted In Writing, Writing Toolbox

Conflict, Stakes, Clock

Mollie E. Reeder | October 26, 2016

Tension sprung a leak? Characters ground to a painful halt? Plot crumpling under pressure?

If it feels like your story’s battery sputtered and died, never fear! You have a terrific toolbox right at your fingertips: three critical components no author should ever leave home without.

Find out how to get your story’s motor revving again after the break!

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