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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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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 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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