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Against exposition!

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On competing desires as a basis for your plot

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Staying true to the heart of your story

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Great protagonists make bad choices

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On prologues as emissaries of the middle?

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On "golden croissants" of backstory

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On what came before the murder

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Clues = events - reactions

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This is good pacing!

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On the need for a prime suspect

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I feel very distance from Daunis here...

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Bleak moments for Daunis

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On pacing in your novel

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On the relaxed ending!

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On the need for some level of prose style in fiction

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What is the middle of a novel -- a problem

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The mood of Q3 of a novel - under-estimation

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On subplots and submerged plots

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On endings in novels -- do we need them?

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Weekly newsletters

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A mix of tension and release

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Just go ahead and rescue them!

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On exposition falling into place -- and the mid-point twist

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On late story indifference and why I think it is usually bad...

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Characters do not need to change!

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Newsletters for The Age of Innocence

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How quickly can you bring in plot threads?

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Is your protagonist facing away from the story?

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Learn scene structure from chapter five of this novel

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On raising the stakes, and why a good plot is like a cone

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Can you make your protagonist WORSE?

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On the danger of side character led plotting

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Ah!!! It's so powerful!

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What do you think about the opening of this novel? (Reminder to keep the conversation mostly positive)

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How to design an admirable character

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The power of keeping care going

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Use this technique to prep your reader!

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How to make your exposition fly by the reader...

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Could you use a "state-level" POV in your novel?

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The challenges of the "staggered enterprise"

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What did you think of the surprises in the final chapter?

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The power of layered, gradual description -- and a comment about accents.

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On combining two plot-lines -- its explosive power

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Steps to the impossible and the power of myth making

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On the amazing style of the final battle

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2 Chapters

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Making bad things bad -- in three steps

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The amazing shift in David's fortunes and how Stevenson makes it work

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Varieties of tension

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How music can deepen a scene

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The benefit of "storytelling highways"

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The four-beat clue

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The power of deepening scenes

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The beats of suspicion and the wheel of emotion

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On "earning your pages" with flashbacks

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How Feeney sequences the ending of this novel

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Discussion

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All about the power of repetition

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The "hidden reveal" and its dangers

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The value of a talkative narrator

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Omniscient narrators and reticent characters

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Don't believe all the craft advice you hear!

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Can your story shift at the halfway point?

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Repetition and variation

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Three questions about RWD so far...

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How many questions does your opening page introduce?

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How does the style of the opening of CF prepare us for the kind of narrator we are listening to?

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How to design a protagonist who is both clever but also missing the point?

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When you have a first person protagonist, you should really go for it!

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What is "bad" mystery and why should you be careful about it?

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How to write a good argument scene

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The ending of the novel seems to suggest: themes and big picture stuff should happen at the end of your novel, not the start.

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Several members of the group wanted to talk more about unreliable narrators in CF. Let's discuss!

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Introductions and Resources

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Let's talk about the book! (I have guidelines)

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What strikes you about the setting?

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The real plot and the fake real plot

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The other uses of the "little plot"

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On foreshadowing and "prior scenes"

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How to rescue a stuck protagonist, two ways.

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How to entice readers to read book two of your series

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My response to a question from members of RWD: it seems like Jade City has a lot of "plot." Do all novels need a plot? Does my novel need to have a plot like this?

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The biggest concern many of us have had with Jade City -- the characters don't seem to be very "relatable." Don't novels need to provide us with fictional people we can connect to?

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A code of content for this experience

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Say hello by answering these three questions

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Time to get a copy of Jade City, by Fonda Lee

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How I'm planning to handle content that readers may find upsetting or offensive.

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This is why I don't think writers should worry about "theme."

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Read the story. Then re-read the first page.

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