Monthly Archives: January

Write About an Animal Encounter

Adding an animal to your story can reveal a lot about the humans who inhabit your world. Whether a beloved pet or a rogue turkey, adding an animal encounter to a scene is surprisingly humanizing.  Writing Prompt: Animal Encounter First off, let me say that today’s post is not about dead dog stories. Old Yeller

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Considerations for the First Page of Your Novel

I hope you know why it’s so important to craft a terrific first page. Surely if your first page is awful, it’s likely your reader won’t read further. And that’s a bad thing. When we realize that literary agents often won’t read beyond the first paragraph if it doesn’t spark interest, it puts a lot

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How to Use Backstory in Your Novel

Backstory is what happened in characters’ lives before the beginning of the story. Think of it as their personal history. Long ago – or maybe just last week – something happened that impacted your character. Backstory helps you, the author, understand your character’s fears and motivations. Backstory Helps You Write Your Novel Backstory includes significant

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Chase Jarvis on the Creative Calling

We are all hyphens. That’s what Chase Jarvis, founder of CreativeLive, amazing photographer, and best-selling author of Creative Calling, told me in our recent conversation: we are all hyphens, and I couldn’t agree more. In this episode of The Portfolio Life, I talk with Chase Jarvis, a brilliant photographer, entrepreneur, author, thinker. We have a fantastic

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