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Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Attention Grabbing Plots

Plot is the problem in a work of fiction. The writer has numerous paths to go down in figuring-out a solution. He/she sifts through the "fiction world" picking and plucking up ways to resolve it. Good plots are woven through action, suspense and conflict.

Action between opposing characters can be intense, and it's one way for characters to learn about the other character's position. The characters spill some or all of their plan. It leads to an attention grabbing path for a writer to take. It is showing rather than telling. 
  • A good plot grabs attention.
  • People keep reading.
  • A character's plight moves the story forward.
  • The incident has a chain reaction.
  • A shake up in "fiction world" for some.
Suspense happens each time a character almost succeeds, stumbling blocks are thrown in the main character's path. A character's path to success is not easy. He/she must try to succeed, at least, three times.
  • Characters probe for answers to a murder.
  • Someone sprinkles false clues around "fiction world."
  • Frustrated, but determination pulls the character along.
  • The same character makes a desperate move.
  • Suspense builds as to what will happen.
Conflict means a clash while differences surface.
  • At this point, the two opposing forces meet. 
  • Betrayal and bitter words are exchanged.
  • Each knows the position of the other.
  • One wins or loses in this particular round.
  • Respect can come from this encounter.
Opposing parties prepare to out-do each other to the end. The conclusion is not always a happy one for characters, but should be fair to readers and exciting. Or, the end is not expected by readers.  

Sunday, December 14, 2014


Rejection slips happens to most writers, because there are not many writers who can stimulate the mind, push a reader to emotion or excite on the first try. Rejection is a fact for writers as it is in life. Writing ability is not necessarily the cause of a rejection slip. It could have been the timing, similar work had been published or word length. You can handle rejection by using the following tips. 
  • Select your next writing goal.
  • Dig for the reason you write.
  • Quiet the negative thoughts. 
Rejection of writing projects should not stop you from writing, achieving and succeeding. It is part of the writer's life-style. Accept it. Move on with the business of writing. You know the possibility of rejection exists, but never look for it. Deal with a writer's rejection with the below tips.
  • Reward yourself for sharing the writing project.
  • Waste no time starting the next writing project.
  • Smile, cry or walk it off.
Read through the rejected writing project after a few days. Ask some questions. Are there errors? What kind of errors? It could  have been just the publisher and its guidelines. How can I improve it? Pay close attention to any comments from the rejecting publisher. It is about the writing, not your feelings.
  • Make needed corrections and keep writing.
  • Re-submit the writing project to other publishers.
  • Successful writers scribble through rejected writing projects.
Rejection for writers is the hand of encouragement whispering try harder, do more and learn from it. Again, the reason a writer's work is rejected skips all over the publishing arena. It is important to check with any publication's guidelines.
  • The publication could want a different angle.
  •  A different tone is required.
  • The editor has a different vision.
Some people find it difficult to get over a rejection. Collect your thoughts. Sit down. Take a deep breath. Most likely, it is not your writing ability that is being attacked. Remind yourself to not take it as a poke at your writing skills. It is a waste of time and energy to complain.
  • Your work was not suitable.
  • Let it go.
  • Write about it.  
 Rejection is handled with more writing. A rejection slip leaves a writer sad, silly or stumbling, if you let it. It is important to rise and write. Focus on the courage that inspired you to share the rejected writing project. Reach down for it, and re-connect with the writing ability within you. Free write to kick-start your creativity.
  • Rhyme words.
  • Write a paragraph.
  • Keep jotting down words until creativity starts.
Free writing taps into ideas within that you had not realized was there. The writing ideas revealed will last through many writing projects. Be sure to save them in files. Swirl writing ideas in different angles. Look at the writing idea surrounding a stalker. The topic can be sprinkled into other writing ideas.
  • An essay on how a stalker likes to "control" behavior, and that is the "biggest predictor," according WedMD  ---
  • Stalkers will shower attention on anyone.
  • A jealous person about anything and nothing is a warning sign that avails itself to many writing paths.
Rejection throws itself at writers, but go through it and keep writing. It will not help you to personalize it. Start working on your next writing project, or send the rejected work to another publisher. It is up to you. Place your attention on the reason (s) that you are a writer.     
  • Keep writing.
  • Believe in you and your writing ability.
  • Rise and write.

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Marcella Glenn is a freelance writer who has written news reports, worked in an office, reviewed movies, published a newsletter and had her novel, "Grave Street House," published. She, too, is a Writing Consultant as well as a Personal Coach.

She has tried to go down some of life's other paths. A few paths were a mail-order business, the publishing of a pen-pal newsletter and selling plastic-ware. Only, she was back writing before realizing what she was doing.

She'd critique titles, paragraphs, news reports, that no one submitted to her. She'd stop herself, eventually. Marcella Glenn seemed to be enjoying the act of writing. This is how she knew writing was more than a hobby.

Let it be a lesson in your life too. Is writing calling your name? Or, acting? Teaching? Are you interested in engineering? Have the courage to go for your dreams. Simply, believe in yourself.

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