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Breaking The Blocks: Order From Chaos


Introduction That might look a little comical; almost certainly it looks quite strange. “Quantum Tosspot”?! What the hell does that mean?! That’s the point. Sorry, I feel like I just talked around a corner and left people scratching their heads. Let me explain. One Origin Of Writer’s Block We’re all familiar with writer’s block, so there’s no need to rehash

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Plotting (For Pantsers)


Plotting (For Pantsers) Introduction There are, I have discovered, two kinds of writers — plotters and pantsers. Plotters work out their entire story in advance, knowing exactly what must happen, exactly where, and when, and to whom, and exactly what those characters have to do about it in order to advance the story. Then there are “pantsers” — the word

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Even Heroes Crap: The Immersive Power Of The Mundane


Introduction Do you know what the biggest problem is with most high-concept fiction? Fantasy, science fiction, horror? Nobody poops. So why is that a problem? Because the more exotic your premise, the more grounding it needs in the “real world”,  the less believable it is except through your characters. And only ordinary people can make the extraordinary ring true. When is the right time for

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