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About "The Writing Circle"

Here are some of the best sessions of The Writing Circle, our private writing group / mastermind. 

 

 

The Writing Circle

Plotting advice

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Invitation Only Building the A-Plotline

Here's how to start your novel: with several scenes devoted to your protagonist's "project."

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The key to exposition is to sprinkle it lightly — very lightly — at the start. Here's how...

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The most common issue writers have, when they try to follow the ABC plot: leading with B.

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The very real dangers of fake plot.

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Invitation Only The Rule of Five Ones

My advice: for this course, write a five or four "one" novel.

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Invitation Only Symbols vs a ‘token’

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The Pre-Writing Manual

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This interactive guide helps you design your own ABC-style plot.

Scene and pacing advice

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The answer to this popular question is simple: one to two unicorns. 

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Start each scene by re-connecting the reader to the protagonist.

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Dialogue is tricky to master: here are five shortcuts

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Invitation Only A Well-Told Phone Call

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Invitation Only Opening Chapters

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Invitation Only A Scene of Dialogue

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What's your goal for the week?

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Invitation Only Get your schedule here

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About the Teacher

Daniel

Daniel is the creator of the "character-first" approach and the host of his trio of annual summits. He writes a semi-daily newsletter to almost six-thousand writers around the world.

  • Hi, I started reading Jade City and I am hooked.
    I was never one for gangsta movies or books but her very first words got me:
    “The two would-be jade thieves …” What a wealth of information and intruige in this six words! It instantly hints on danger and disaster: would-be is only used for not sucessful. So I needed to read on to find out how they floundered.
    And there is even more information in it:
    -they are no regular thiefs, so they are newbies.
    Jade must be very important, if they try to steal exactly that and not ‘jewels’ or money. I am at awe here!
    By the way, my reader shows me that this novel has over 1100 pages, is that true or do I have a strange copy?
    If so, would you please also mention the chapters, Daniel? It would be easier to follow then. Thanks!

    • Chris Flocken says:

      I received the paperback edition today, which is 495 pages. Chapter 1, The Twice Lucky is page 1; Chapter 2, The Horn of No Peak on page 10; Chapter 3, The Sleepless Pillar on page 19; Chapter 4, The Torch of Kekon on page 31; Chapter 5, The Horn’s Kitten, on page 40. Since there are 57 chapters plus an Epilogue, I won’t go through the entire book.

  • allisongailb says:

    I’m really liking Jade City so far. I’m on the second chapter.

  • I enjoyed the start of Jade City and had to stop myself reading beyond two chapters. It was so easy to read I underestimated the skill in the way the dialogue was written. A lesson well learned.

  • Hello Daniel I am an aspiring screenwriter who wants to learn and writer character-driven screenplay. I want to have a deep and thorough understanding of characters, character development and character arc.
    Please directed me to the appropriate place.
    Thank you

  • miriam.landor says:

    Intrigued by your comment on the importance of mid-point in Midnight Library… I’m writing a memoir/ family history so didn’t think this could apply to my work – but maybe it does???

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