Which Comes First?

August 30th, 2011

My friend @gooddirt shared an interesting article today discussing the age-old writer’s dilemma: which comes first when you’re writing, characters or plot? The post also shares five great tips on starting with either, and so I highly recommend giving it a read. But it got me wondering — do you think writers of certain genres […]

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Beware The Trap of Genericville!

August 10th, 2010

So I was going through queries today, as is my wont, and came across a book description in an email that looked a little like this: It’s a world of breathtaking beauty and despicable horror, of adventure, magic, and death-defying duels, with an ordinary boy-turned-hero and his compatriots, most of them wonderfully three-dimensional female characters. […]

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Ask Daphne! From the Commenters

September 2nd, 2008

Despite the fact that many schools out here in Colorado started up again a week or more ago, the day after Labor Day is ALWAYS going to feel like a “back to school” day for me. And since it is a back to work day after a luscious three-day weekend, I’m inspired to tackle a number of questions in a special post-Labor Day speed round.

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