Success: A State of Mind

Just love this post. The law of attraction is the subject that drives my latest work in progress.

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Going after one’s dream is a difficult journey, taken by the brave. Filled with obstacles and naysayers, doubt will always surround your vision. It takes mental strength to persevere and stick with your passion. Fortunately, we are in the right place and time to make our goals happen.

“Success is a state of mind. If you want success, start thinking of yourself as a success.”

American psychologist Joyce Brothers 1927-2013.

When we were children and asked what we wanted to do when we grew up, we all had an answer. Even if it isn’t something that interests you now, you had a dream and a passion. As we grow and transition into adulthood, our dreams slowly get placed on the back burner while we take care of everyday priorities.

Most of us still try to be who we want to be,
achieving what we’ve always imagined we could. It just…

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‘Time is of the Essence’ Time: Part One

Timelines The phrase 'Time is of the Essence' normally implies that it's necessary to get something done quickly, but for me it has another meaning too: the handling of time in a story line. it's so easy to take this for granted when reading books by other authors, but it really is an important consideration … Continue reading ‘Time is of the Essence’ Time: Part One

What are action beats and how can you use them in fiction writing? – by Louise Harnby…

I’m very keen on action beats, and it’s so good to see their function explained here in such depth.

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Action beats are short descriptions that come before, between or just after dialogue.

Here’s how to use them in your fiction writing.

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The Hero’s Journey and Archetypes

Been doing some more research into the hero’s journey and also character archetypes and found this interesting post. It’s good to see that basic models can be changed or modified in story telling.


We learned in class about Joseph Campbell and “The Hero’s Journey”.  Basically Campbell created a concept of a basic story structure that was found in many stories around the world.  The structure can be found in many narratives, both classic and new.  Here is a link to an outline of the Hero’s Journey:’s_journey.htm

We also learned about archetypes.  These are character types that are found in many stories, and they always have the same basic characteristics.  Here is a link to a list of some classic archetypes:

These concepts can be combined to create a blueprint for your story, and can be altered accordingly to bring an element of unpredictability to it.  For instance, steps in the Hero’s Journey can be moved, combined, or deleted altogether.  Another alteration is for the characters to have the aspects of more than one archetype.  For instance, the Hero could also be…

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‘Riding the Bus’ Unblocking Writer’s Block, Part Two

Another question In my previous post on this subject, I spoke about the need to identify problems in our writing which, with or without external factors, might well be the cause of writer's block. I focused on asking the question 'Why is this?' and 'What exactly is the problem?' Once these questions have been answered … Continue reading ‘Riding the Bus’ Unblocking Writer’s Block, Part Two

‘A Proactive Approach’ Unblocking Writer’s Block, Part One

Creativity is a precious thing I'm often coming across blog posts about the dreaded writer's block theses days. While it's reassuring to know that as a writer I'm not alone in suffering from this malady from time to time, I also feel saddened to read that many writers suffer from it. Creativity is a precious … Continue reading ‘A Proactive Approach’ Unblocking Writer’s Block, Part One

Elizabeth: Friday Writing Sprints — Eight Ladies Writing

Hi there and welcome to the end of yet another week. Keeps happening, doesn’t it? This week, among other things, I spent some time in San Francisco. While walking off a day’s worth of stuck-sitting-in-meetings”, I encountered the whimsical Museum of Ice Cream, which my son tells me is “an Instagram hot spot.” Who knew? […] … Continue reading Elizabeth: Friday Writing Sprints — Eight Ladies Writing

5 Tips for (New) Writers — Mary Lamphere

After a decade of serious writing, classes, conferences, workshops, critiques, and six novel publications, I don’t consider myself a “new” writer anymore. But, that takes effort. I mean, I have done this stuff before, am still doing it, yet every time I start a new project, it’s like it’s my first project. Whether you are […] … Continue reading 5 Tips for (New) Writers — Mary Lamphere

Milton and Meta Models

A way to communicate and work effectively Some years ago I attended courses on Neuro-Linguistics Programming (NLP) and qualified as a practitioner. Since then I've used the skills in both my teaching and writing. While on those courses I learned about Milton and Meta models as a means to communicate and work effectively. Powerful outcomes … Continue reading Milton and Meta Models

Using adverbs in fiction writing – clunk versus clarity – by Louise Harnby…

So pleased to see the subject of adverb usage being addressed here. Adverbs are an important part of grammar, to be used economically, whenever required, rather than too much.

Chris The Story Reading Ape's Blog

Adverbs and adverbial phrases sometimes get a bit of a pummelling, and yet they needn’t intrude and shouldn’t be removed indiscriminately.

An adverb is no more likely to spoil a sentence than a poorly chosen adjective or noun.

Use them purposefully in your writing when they bring clarity, but remove them when they create clunk.

Are there rules? You won’t find any in this article, just common-sense guidance to help beginner writers make informed decisions.

The fiction writer – and the fiction editor – who takes a formulaic approach to the treatment of adverbs is heading for trouble.

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