Michael Crichton’s Method of Plotting A Story

We are 10 days into the new year. So I thought my first post of the new year should be about beginnings. Story plots is how we begin story development.

Ever wonder how published author’s develop plot’s for their novel’s? I have on numerous occasions. I found this post from the blog: Writers Helping Writers, written by Dorothy Cora Moore. She talks about author Michael Crichton of Jurassic Park, and the television show ER, to name a few, developed plots for his stories. A graduate of Harvard Medical School, he would use 3 x 5 index-cards to jot down ideas as they came to him, then later he would put those index cards with his ideas in order which became the bases of his story. He would supplement his income during those days by writing under a pseudonym

This is a great idea. If you’re having difficulty coming up with a tight plot, give this a read and try it. Post your thought and result and let me know how it goes.


Until next time,



Writing and Still Holding a Regular Full-Time Job

It’s been nearly a full year (February 2014 to be exact) since I obtained my current full-time job. The year has been filled with lots of training and learning new skills. I must admit that I didn’t read as much as I wanted (not for pleasure anyway), but did find brief opportunities; the same can be said for my writing.

So when I came across a tweet from @KMWeiland “How to Write a Book (and Work a Day Job), I was more than intrigued. So I click on the link http://t.co/zcrOryM5Qg (by WriteHack) and read the article. As newbie authors just starting out, most of us have to find time to read and write between our day job hours. Add to that all the things that life throws at us each day, finding time to write is hard.

Anyway, give the article a read and see if it might help 2015 be the year you reach your writing goals.

Until Next Time.


A Step-By-Step Guide to Writing Novella’s

How many of you had such a terrific story idea, with great characters. You probably can envision the setting. So you sit down and start to write, and you write and write until there is no more story to tell. When you finish, you look down at the word counter (don’t worry we all do it) and you see you have something in the ballpark of 6,000 words (give or take). It’s not long enough for a full on novel, but too long for a short. What is an author to do? Consider it a novella.

In a post from https://twitter.com/KMWeiland twitter account, author Anne R. Allen (http://annerallen.blogspot.com/2014/02/why-novellas-are-hot-and-how-to-write.html) interview award-winning novella author Paul Alan Fahey how he crafts his novella. The author contends that novella’s are growing in popularity and differently growing segment of the e-publish phenomenon.

Give it a read, see if it doesn’t spark so energy and interest in the writer in you.

Until next time,


The Write Way: RJ Blain on Critique Groupies and Paid Editors

We all at some point will be editing our stories and novels; it will be helpful to have some tips and advice from someone who does it for a living.

Over at The Write Way blog by Mary Cain, RJ Blain, an author and editor, posted just such stuff.

Give it a read next time you’re ready to edit your work.

Thanks Mary.

Until next time.


The Write Way: RJ Blain on Critique Groupies and Paid Editors.

How to Write the Short Story

Author James Scott Bell posted on his blog “How To Write A short Story http://killzoneauthors.blogspot.com/2013/03/how-to-write-short-story.html. In the post he explains what constitutes a short story, breaks down how to write one and gives plenty of examples. This is also a timely article as the short story is making a comeback, especially with the resurgence of digital publishing.

Until next time,


How to Plot a Novel

As a newbie in the world of writing, I am interested in ways established authors develop their story from idea to the completed project. So it was with a good deal of interest that I found and read Pretentious Title blog. The author of the blog, Rachel Aaron, has published several YA fantasy fiction books and also a book entitled “2,000 to 10, 000 How to Write Faster, Write Better, and More of What You Love.”

In addition to her recent post to her blog, you will notice a left column, it is entitled Rachel’s Greatest Hits (about half way down the page). It is there you will find many of the ideas that go into how she writes, the way she organizes herself and many more. I especially enjoyed the post, and more to the point of this post, “How I Plot A Novel in 5 Steps.”

So if your asking yourself how do I get going in organizing my writing, here is a pretty good example.

Until Next Time,