Finding Your Mirror Moment

By Kathrese McKee | Craft

 Have you ever made it through a movie only to ask yourself, “What’s the point?” My daughters, who are horror fans, watched The Open House this week, and they hated it. Can you guess why? I’ll save you the trouble. The storytelling was weak. The writers failed at story structure, and the fans were not […]

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Don’t Call It an Outline

By Kathrese McKee | Craft

Back when I first played around with the idea of writing a book, I opened up a spiral and started writing a story I thought my kids would enjoy. Every spare moment—at games and doctor visits and during lunch—I would invent problems for my characters to solve and things for them to say. Eventually, a […]

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Eight Ways to Characterize

By Kathrese McKee | Craft

Back when I wrote my first book, I was disconcerted when my critique partner simply could not like my main character (MC). Actually, I had two main characters—a young man and a young woman—but my partner loved the guy and hated the girl. Good grief! These two characters were supposed to fall in love. What […]

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Twelve Ways to Generate Story Ideas

By Kathrese McKee | Craft

Generating and Capturing Story Ideas I hope that you have a notebook of ideas in your backpack or desk drawer so that any time you feel as though you are “running dry,” you can restart your writing process. How often have you heard your author friends complain about writer’s block? They make it sound as […]

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Choosing a Professional Writing Organization

By Kathrese McKee | Craft

If you have no publishing credentials, membership in a writers’ organization is a good way to show editors and agents that you have an interest in perfecting your craft and that you are serious about your writing career. If you are a member of a critique group, mention that too.Choosing Your Professional Writing OrganizationMembership in […]

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