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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 Guest Post, Short Fiction, Writing

Powerful Short Fiction (featuring Ben Wolf)

Mollie E. Reeder | December 6, 2017

What if you could write a story with memorable characters, a worthwhile journey and impactful prose? The kind of story with sticking power, one leaves people talking about it afterwards and eager to share it with their friends? And what if you could do it in just a few thousand words?

… What if you could do it in just a few hundred words?

Ben Wolf, author/editor and founder of flash fiction magazine imprint Splickety, joins us on Writeratops to share his insight on powerful short fiction and how to write a story that’s small, but mighty!

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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 Raptor Uprising, Writing

#WipJoy Day One – Raptor Uprising

Mollie E. Reeder | January 2, 2017

This month, Bethany A. Jennings, aka @simmeringmind, is hosting #WipJoy, a month-long hashtag challenge for writers to share what gives them joy about their work in progress!


Today is Day One, and the prompt is to introduce your WIP! To kick things off, I decided to give an in-depth preview of Raptor Uprising here on the blog!

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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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