Story structure – the plot

Background [You can skip on down to Story structure below if that’s all you’re interested in.] Plotting was always a mystery to me. I read a lot of how-to books on writing, I have an entire shelf devoted to those books (which doesn’t count the ones scattered about the house or the ebooks I bought). […]

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The Strategy

So now I’ll talk about my overall strategy—what the entire strategy looks like from start to finish. As with many things, it’s a simple concept that’s extremely difficult to master. The basic premise of the strategy is: write a series. In this age of pulp fiction it can be difficult to market and make money on […]

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Writing to market, tropes, and missing the mark?

I’m wondering if I’m not following Chris Fox’s strategy correctly. I think I might be falling into the “one up the idea” trap. Chris says to find a category/genre and then emulate it. By emulating he says you need to study and find what the tropes are for that category/genre and make sure you hit […]

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The category I picked: Urban fantasy thriller

As I talked about in my Finding a category post, I researched categories on Amazon and combined that research with what I wanted to write. The genre/category I came up with is “urban fantasy thriller.” So to break that down: Urban fantasy. Takes place “today” and has definite fantasy elements such as magic and magical people. Thriller. […]

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Finding a category

In other words: Writing to Market. I guess this is a hot-button topic. It does and doesn’t surprise me that people take sides in everything, even if sometimes there doesn’t seem to be a reason to do so. Crap, I’m digressing. Let’s start at the beginning. This would be my tech writer persona coming out—ya […]

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Writing pulp in the information age

This probably won’t be described as the information or the electronic age of pulp fiction, but it should be. This is most likely the bronze age of pulp if you figure the original pulps of the ’30s and ’40s kicked it off. Then you had the silver age with Bantam and Ace and Pocket Books […]

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My backstory

I’ve written speculative fiction since I was a little kid. Naturally, I’ve also read it since then. The first “adult” fiction that I read came from the pulps: Doc Savage, The Avenger, The Shadow, Tarzan, John Carter (much of which I took from my oldest brother’s book shelves). From there I graduated to A. C. Doyle, […]

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