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A to Z Blogging Challenge: W, Writing

One of my favorite books on story structure is Your Book Starts Here by Mary Carroll Moore. I was fortunate to attend one of her writing workshops a few years back at NH Writer’s Day and it was amazing. Many of us have little trouble with story beginnings and endings, but when it comes to the middle…!  It’s a challenge to keep the tension in a story strong enough so the reader will want to continue to turn the pages.

I’ll let Mary explain some helpful tips in this storyboard video.

 

During April, I’m participating in The A to Z Blogging Challenging, blogging 26 days of the month on writing topics while systematically moving through the alphabet. The goal is to develop a more regular blogging habit and network with other bloggers.  Join us!

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Writing Prompt Wednesday: Mary Carroll Moore

carrollmooreIn honor of July’s Camp NaNoWriMo (a less frantic 30 day writing challenge – once in April and again in July), I’m sharing an email pep talk that I received from author and writing teacher Mary Carroll Moore. I took a workshop from Mary a few years ago at a NH Writer’s Project conference and really like her story structuring methods – it was from her that I first learned about the “W” structure and writing “islands” or “snowflakes” (she explains that on her site and in her book, “Your Book Starts Here”) Here’s an entry about sifting through that mess of a first draft – and how much creating a map can help (how perfect for Camp is that??)

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