How can I write the first chapter of my fantasy novel as a scene that happened 8 years previously?

 There are two ways and either way works well: Write the scene as a prologue instead of as a chapter. It’s done all the time and it works great. The only thing to remember if you use this technique is not to make the prologue too long because, for some reason, readers are turned off …

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More about black cats. Yep, there’s more.

Black cats are as easily adopted as cats of other colors. Although euthanasia numbers for black cats have been some of the highest of all cats, their total number of adoptions was the highest of any hue as well. There may just simply be more black cats than other colors. Furthermore, the Black Panther movie …

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How do I write a science fiction short story when I don’t have any ideas on what to write about?

Actually, it’s not as hard as you might think. As a short story writer, I wrote one story a week, which is par for most writers of short fiction. But that means there are times when the creative juices dry up. Sort of. That’s when I learned to look at the menu on the satellite …

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Does writing exhaust or energize you? What are some common traps for aspiring writers?

Both because writing is both exhausting and energizing. It all depends on what step I’m at in the process whether I mentally and emotionally sag or whether I look at what I’ve done or am doing and realize that it’s pretty good.   Traps for new writers? They are all mental: Thinking you’re not good …

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Black cat facts I bet you didn’t know.

  IN SOME CULTURES, BLACK CATS ARE GOOD LUCK. In Japan, if you are a single lady, owning a black cat is said to increase your number of suitors. If one crosses your path from left to right in Germany, good things will happen. So maybe having a black cat as a major character in …

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Black Cats. Gotta love ’em.

There's a lot to love about these black, fur-balls as evidenced by holidays in their honor. What, you say? Holidays just for a specific color cat? Yep. The ASPCA celebrates Black Cat Appreciation Day annually on August 17. In England, October 27 is National Black Cat Day. I mention these because my latest clean small-town …

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While writing in third person, what are some of the ways you can refer to the main character other than their name or ‘he’ or ‘she?’

 One of the easiest ways accomplishes more than just indicating which character is speaking or doing something. It’s called a ‘dialogue tag’ and it simply means that you mix together the description of the scene with the actions/speeches of the character you wish to pinpoint. Describe where they are or what they are doing, whichever …

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Should I plan the novel or just start writing?

 Depends ——- There are two kinds of writers of novels: ‘Pantsers’ write by the seat of their pants. They just sit down and start writing. They normally end up doing a whole lot of revision and rewriting and, occasionally, even changing the thrust of the story, but they say this method allows their mind free …

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Do authors hijack other’s ideas due to their better narrative?

This is an interesting question because of the way it’s worded. Authors hijack each other’s ideas all the time. Just as artists hijack each other’s ideas all the time and all creative types hijack everyone else’s ideas all the time.   The thing is, they hijack the IDEAS but they don’t hijack the way the …

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What is your motivation for writing?

  My original motivation for writing was to earn a paycheck from home doing something I enjoyed. And it worked for many years. Then Amazon turned the bricks and mortar publishing industry on its head and the magazines I wrote for went belly up and I found myself without that paycheck.   I tried other …

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