Category Archives: notes on writing

writing a business plan

National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is off and running! Good luck and happy writing to all those participating, but I’m afraid I won’t be joining in the fun. I view my desire to become a novelist as a career decision, … Continue reading

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character-based vs. plot-based novels

[tweetmeme source=”teresafrohock” alias=”http://wp.me/pr3QO-tT” only_single=false] Which would you prefer to write? A novel about a war that encompasses generations and various mythical countries or a novel about how one protagonist must cope within the war torn world? This is highly subjective … Continue reading

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another take on the synopsis

[tweetmeme source=”teresafrohock” alias=”http://wp.me/pr3QO-tA” only_single=false] I’ve been thinking about the synopsis and the enormity of smashing my 87,000 word manuscript into a one page document. While the synopsis plan was on a slow burn in the back of my mind, I … Continue reading

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unlikable characters

[tweetmeme source=”teresafrohock” alias=”http://wp.me/pr3QO-tg” only_single=false] Last week someone made an interesting comment in their critique of my chapter nine. The individual said she didn’t find one of my main characters, Rachael, very likable or sympathetic. She didn’t like Rachael as much … Continue reading

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writer’s block or what to do when the @#$@! chapter just isn’t working . . .

There are a lot of great articles out there about getting around writer’s block, but I had an interesting experience with my previous chapter. In a previous post, I talked about being at the chapter where my protagonist and one … Continue reading

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scene evaluation in chapters

No pithy word count today. If anything, I’ve gone in the opposite direction and started axing scenes that do nothing to move the story forward. I finished chapter nine over the weekend, and while I’ve still got some touch-ups to … Continue reading

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religion in fantasy novels

Since no one burned my house down after the Tolkien post, I’m going out on a limb here and talk to you about using religion in your fantasy novels. Generally speaking, when building worlds in fantasy novels, the religions of … Continue reading

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diagnosing scene problems

I wanted to write something clever and witty this morning, but clever and witty went out the door last night while I was working on my current work in progress. This is the big moment, you see, when I finally … Continue reading

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multiple protagonists, or you’re not Tolkien

I’ve noticed many aspiring fantasy writers on various blogs discussing their multiple protagonists. Of course, the word count on these rather prodigious works often exceeds the 120,000 mark, because the writer feels the need to elaborate on each protagonist. Whenever … Continue reading

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can you over edit your manuscript?

No. Well, technically, that would be the end of this post; however, for the sake of the blog, I’ll elaborate. First, when I say editing, I don’t mean changing plotlines or major characters. When I talk about editing, I’m talking … Continue reading

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