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The Storyboard Renaissance: Whole Manuscript Showcase—Preparing Your Storyboard, Part 4, by Kristen C. Strocchia

Hopefully, storyboarding along with this blog series has led to some helpful revising. I know it has for me. However, in the process, my original one-sticky-note-per-plot-beat has multiplied with extended information and/or notes to myself. And the setting backdrop picture … Continue reading

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The Storyboard Renaissance: Whole Manuscript Showcase—Preparing Your Storyboard, Part 1, by Kristen C. Strocchia

Whether you’re considering joining us at the Marriott Courtyard in Montage in September for our Storyboard Renaissance event, or just needing a new perspective on your manuscript, use this summer to start Storyboarding. A Storyboard is simply a visual representation … Continue reading

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The Storyboard Renaissance: Whole Manuscript Showcase, by Kristen C. Strocchia

We’ve probably all walked away from a critique thinking, “If (agent/editor) could just see the whole story, then . . .” maybe they would fall in love or, at least, maybe they could better advise the opening or diagnose why … Continue reading

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A Cafe Chat with Sourcebooks Editor Kate Prosswimmer, by Lindsay Bandy

I’m so happy to introduce Kate Prosswimmer, our faculty editor for this year’s Pocono Retreat at the Highlights Foundation, May 4-6! Even though the manuscript critique deadline has passed, there is still room for you at the retreat. So sip … Continue reading

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Character Primer: Which Hatched First—The Character or The Plot? by Kristen C. Strocchia

Character development is a classic question of which hatched first—the character or the plot? Or—if you’re like me—then the title almost always springs to mind first, spurring the development of both. Sometimes my title ideas inspire a setting and a … Continue reading

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Confessions of a Pantser Turned Plantser: Nothing is Wasted, by Lindsay Bandy

This post by Lindsay originally appeared on the blog in September 2015. Sitting in my college creative writing class, I absorbed the words of my pony-tailed professor: “Nobody knows exactly where they’re going when they sit down to write a … Continue reading

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Craft-To-Go: Quick and Easy Questions to Ask While You Read or Watch, by Lindsay Bandy

We have so much time and so little to do! Strike that. Reverse it! Sometimes I feel like Willy Wonka, in an overwhelming (and sometimes perilous) factory of stuff to learn and see and do and read.   When it … Continue reading

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