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NANOWRIMO PREP TIPS: THE OUTLINE IS KEY!

There are two kinds of writers (and people, I’d say) in this world: plotters and pantsers. And for either type, crossing over to the other side is the stuff of nightmares.When it comes to tackling a big fast drafting project for something like NaNoWriMo (there’s less than two weeks to go!), though, even the most diehard pantser could learn a trick or two from us outlining jedi. Lucky for you, as a screenwriter-turned-novelist (and back again!), […]

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How is Writing Like Playing Video Games?

A few years ago, I explored the idea that playing Nintendo games, which are notoriously hard, helped set me up for success as an author. Recently, as I have dived back into my retro-gaming hobby, I’ve been thinking about expanding on that idea with a series of videos illustrating how playing 8-bit video games on the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES), like Super Mario Bros., taught me everything I need to know about writing. And now […]

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Pre-Queries And How To Avoid Them

We talk a lot about queries here on Pub Crawl. How to write them, tips and tricks to write them successfully, mistakes to avoid when querying. You name it and at some point one of our fantastic contributors has written about it. But since becoming an agent I’ve become familiar with the dreaded pre-query. And it happens frequently enough that I thought it might be worth talking about what a pre-query is and why you […]

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PubCrawl Podcast: Archetypes – The Fatal Flaw

This week JJ and Kelly continue their Summer of Archetypes series with The Fatal Flaw! Some museum recommendations! Hamilton also makes a reappearance! Show Notes Like The Chosen, the Fatal Flaw narrative often has a sense of inevitability to them. Not necessarily fate or preordination, but the feeling of an unstoppable train. Fatal flaw narratives seem to have fallen out of favor in publishing these days, but that isn’t to say there isn’t room for […]

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PubCrawl Podcast: Archetypes – The Chosen One

This week Kelly and JJ kick off their Summer of Archetypes with The Chosen One. What constitutes a Chosen One narrative? What are some examples? What are examples of a subverted Chosen One? CAN you truly subvert a Chosen One narrative? Also, our gripes with the TV show LOST. Show Notes As we define it, the Chosen One is The One Who Solves the Story Problem, or a singular character with a Greater Purpose. Some […]

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