Okay so it looks like I fell off the planet. Promise - I'm still here. The last two years have been ... hard. There's no other word for it. Everything is fine. I'm fine, but I've been the caregiver of my Mother-in-law and now I'm taking care of my mom. Between her needs, work, etc I seem to have lost control of my time. I am still writing and have made a few hard decisions.

I pulled my books from Mundania and have decided to to try to sell them through other publishers. I'm happy to say the 1st three books I sold to HSWF (now owned by Mundania) have been picked up by Melange Books and will be released through their Satin Books imprint. The rest I'm still working on.

I'll probably still be sporadic. Unless I win the lottery and can hire someone to help me I can't avoid it, but know I'm still here still working hard in the background and am hoping to do better at keeping my blog alive.


Tink...tink...tink...anyone out there? Hi! I'm Barbara Donlon Bradley - Author - editor and slightly crazy - ask anyone in my family. I hope to use this blog to talk about writing, editing and whatever pops in my head. Hope you enjoy.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Writing Doen the Bones: Seven Steps to a Plot that Will Make Your Readers cry for More

I found another wonderful hand out. I looked for a name on this one and didn't find it but I did like the info in the hand out so here we go...

1.) Search out an idea that hooks you - find something that fascinates you. I know we've all been told to write what we know, but I can't help but play the what if game when I write - it always sparks the creative juices and that's what you need to do - find something that sparks those creative juices

2.) Pinpoint the prize for which opposing characters to fight - murder, a treasure, a missing child - in other words your goal. The over all goal of your book is something everyone in your book could be after.

3.) Devise a central character who'll take immediate, aggressive action to win the prize - it should be someone your readers can root for. You should let us into the head of this character so we understand what their motivation is. Give us something to root for.

4.) Pick a moment to begin your story that will plunge your characters into exciting action - I've been told over and over again to start the book in the middle of a scene - it grabs the reader right away.

5.) Pit your character against a worthy opponent - for every strong character you should have an equally strong bad guy.

6.) Know the step-by-step action this character must take in the face of unanticipated developments in order to reach the climax of your story - give your character obstacles then help him overcome them. I'd like to add one more thing - make these obstacles something believable.

7.) Work out a good conclusion that satisfies your reader - give the climax an an unexpected twist - make your reader believe that the winner deserves to win and they want them to win.

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