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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, 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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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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Explore Leira Blog Tour: W is for Waveryders

Mollie E. Reeder | April 10, 2017

Today Writeratops features the incredible Gillian Bronte Adams, author of the Songkeeper Chronicles, in a special guest post… plus giveaway! Gillian writes tales of redemption, heroism, talking cats and snarky griffins, and today she’s writing about adventure on the high seas…

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Posted In Filmmaking, Writing

Writing is Really Hard.

Mollie E. Reeder | October 4, 2016

Welcome to Writeratops! I’m Mollie E. Reeder.

This is the inaugural post, the metaphorical smashing of the bottle on the bow. I am so excited you found yourself here – we’re going to have a great time.

If you made your way here because you were out in the murky depths of the Internet, looking for advice or inspiration, trying desperately to figure out how to get the things that are in your head out of your head – then we’re probably a lot alike. Maya Angelou said there is “no agony greater than bearing an untold story”, and don’t you know it – when a good idea wriggles itself down into your belly like some kind of parasite from an alien movie, bites you hard and refuses to leave.

But then you sit down at your keyboard (or pick up your pen, if you’re one of those people that likes hand cramps) and … nothing.  Or, even worse – something awful.

When you’re standing in line at the checkout, or taking a shower, or trying to go to sleep, and words are dancing around in your half-conscious brain, you’re F. Scott Fitzgerald reincarnate. But when you actually try to write? You feel like a monkey banging on a toy keyboard.

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