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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 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 Guest Post

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 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 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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