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  • How to Never Lose Your Work

    If you’ve been writing for very long, you’ve likely experienced the horrific feeling of losing some or all of your book manuscript. I’d like to share some methods you can use to keep from ever losing part of your work again. 1. Make Multiple Copies Manually Save a copy on your computer, save another copy […]

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  • God: Character or Setting?

      Is God a character in your story or part of the setting? Strange question, but bear with me here. If God is a character, then He needs to be treated in the same way as other characters; namely gradually revealed through the story. It’s unlikely God will have a character arc which changes Him, […]

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  • Atlas’ Tool Box – World Building: Where to Stop

    This entry is part 2 of 4 in the series Atlas’ Tool Box – World Building

    Don’t fall into the world building trap of the never-ending punch-list of things you need to detail. “Oh, I just need to flesh-out the Purple Widget People that live on the eastern shores of Avoiding mystery Island.” How do you know when it’s time to stop writing the background and start telling the story? Last […]

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  • Book Review: Outlining Your Novel

    This is the first in a series of book reviews. On the third Friday of every month, I’m hoping to share a book review of the writing books I have read recently. We’re starting off with Outlining Your Novel by K.M. Weiland. Title: Outlining Your Novel Written By: K.M. Weiland Genre: Writing Helps/Non-fiction Recommended Ages: […]

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  • Atlas’ Tool Box – World Building: Where to Begin?

    This entry is part 1 of 4 in the series Atlas’ Tool Box – World Building

    “That’s so cool!” your friend says after you spew forth your latest story idea. Now what? Suspension of disbelief is the endgame a good writer is trying to achieve when we create a fictional world. Our primary goal is to get the reader to step into this world and then forget it is fictional while […]

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  • Puppet Writing 101

    So, you have this amazing story and you need some people to act it out in your book. Well, you’ve come to the write place. In 5 simple steps, I’m going to tell you how to write the perfect actors–ones on strings, no less! Step 1: Think about your storyline and decide what stereotypes would […]