Archive for the ‘Craft of Writing’ Category

To Plot or Not to Plot? Find YOUR Way!

August 30, 2010

This has been an interesting week for me in the writing department.  I’ve been working on a proposal for the second book in a series while editors are considering the first book.  I want to have the proposal ready to go as soon as possible, and have been working on it for a while.  The issue: they’ve been the toughest beginning chapters I’ve ever written.  Truthfully, in the past, the first three chapters usually came pretty easy for me…once I’ve plotted a story out.  So what’s my problem this time?

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Recipe for a Short Synopsis

August 24, 2010

There’s nothing worse than writing a synopsis…is there?  I haven’t found it.  My first piece of advice on writing a synopsis is…get someone else to do it :-).  Seriously, as a writer, we love too much of our book to ever boil it down to its key elements.  My other bit of advice is to write it before you write the book…that way, you don’t know what you don’t know yet :-).  Of course, that’s not always possible…either way, however, I have found a quick recipe for writing a short synopsis.  I hope it helps some of you.  It sure helped me. (more…)

Hooks and Openings – Inside Scoop

August 7, 2010

Well, I attended the Romance Writers of America National Conference in Orlando, Florida the last week of July. I was lucky enough to be chosen to present a workshop with my fellow writer and three-time Golden Heart Finalist, Claire Cavanaugh. Our topic was Inside Scoop: Analyzing Openings as an Agent, Bookseller and Reader, Then Problem Solve as a Writer.  (presentation, handout and support material are below).  Somewhere between 200 and 250 people attended, and we didn’t scare anyone off, so it seemed to be a success.

In this workshop, we used small examples of openings from Orson Scott Card, Nora Roberts w/a J.D. Robb (more…)

Podcast – Episode 1 – Making Characters Three Dimensional With Goals

January 31, 2009

Episode 1 - Developing Three Dimensional Characters With Goals

Episode 1 - Developing Three Dimensional Characters With Goals

This is the first of a series of podcasts I have recorded on elements of writing.  This podcast is a little over 30 minutes long and discusses how Character’s Goals can be leveraged to further braid character and plot, as well as add dimension to your characters.

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Arc of the Scene – Stepping Stone for a Hero

November 19, 2008

I recently judged a writing contest and half of the entries included scenes that didn’t really work very well.  The writers could write.  The characters were good, but the scenes fell flat.  As I studied the entries more closely in order, I realized that the scenes had one thing in common.  There was no arc to the scene. (more…)

Welcome to Writer’s Notes by Robin – The Most Important Thing I Know

November 15, 2008

Hi everyone.  Well, this is my first foray into blogging.  Until May of this year, I was finishing up my MBA and there are only so many things one can do.  However, now that my MBA is complete, I can focus more on my writing career.  I’ve spent the last few months catching up with life after four years of taking classes at night.

I really do love studying the craft of writing. For the last decade or so, I’ve been part of an amazing journey called Discovering Story Magic (www.discoveringstorymagic.com).  (more…)