Masterclass Notes: James Patterson – Part 3 – Plotting

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Lesson 4: Plot Story is about revealing character and causality (i.e., when one event leads to the next, which leads to the next and so on and so forth until the inevitable end).“Try to write every chapter as if it’s the first chapter of the book - try to write every chapter as if it’s …

Masterclass Notes: James Patterson – Part 2 – Ideation

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Part one of this series can be found here. It's important to note that the points below are a combination of what was viewed & the insights it stirred. Lesson 3: Raw Ideas Patterson doesn’t write realism, he writes whatever interests or excites him. His stories are usually the opposite of what you would expect. …

Writing Method: 7-Point System by Dan Wells (Printable Summaries)

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Last year, Dan Wells, author of "I Am Not A Serial Killer" went over a story structure he found in the "Star Trek Narrator's Guide: Roleplaying Game", which he renamed as the 7-Point System.  He generously shared his PowerPoint presentation which can be found here (which includes 2 story examples), but as usual, I felt having a summarized …

Writing Method: Snowflake by Randy Ingermanson (Printable Summaries)

Randy Ingermanson is a theoretical-physicist-turned-author who uses the same left-brain logic from his first career to organize his right-brain's creativity when writing a novel.  He is famously known for his novel structuring process called the Snowflake Method. I find the method to be interesting and helpful, but the actual article expounding it a bit long-winded (approx. 3,500 words in …

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