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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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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 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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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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