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NEW!!   Article of the Month: Quick Scene Structuring in Revision

The Year She Fell, by Alicia Rasley
Bell Bridge Books, November 2010

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Book Video with original music by Lucas Hamelman!

Archive of Articles of the Month:
Lots of Great Writing Articles 

Interactive Writing Booklets

The Plotting Guidebook: 
The Story Within

And my Writer's Digest book on Point of View:   

NEW!  Questions of the Month
All about Theme!

Archive of Questions of the Month

Top 10 Plot Problems
About Alicia Rasley

The Story Within

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           Free Wisdom for Writers of Popular Fiction

    May STARguides Class: Openings-- Starting Your Story Right

    If the editors or agents aren't intrigued by your opening paragraph and page, they might not read any further! That's one of the hardest truths about submitting fiction. If you're close to submitting your proposal, here's your chance to get feedback and revise.

    In this interactive workshop, we'll work on crafting impressive openings that capture the attention while setting up the story conflict and previewing your unique voice.

    We'll discuss:
    *Where to start the book
    *Where to start the scene
    *How to set up the story question
    *How to introduce the characters
    *How to showcase your voice on the first page
    *The all-important first paragraph-- keeping it simple, yet profound

    Alicia Rasley blogged the long-running "opening paragraph critique" for the Edittorrent blog, and will help you create a coherent and intriguing opening for your current story.

    Workshop begins: May 1
    Workshop ends: May 14
    Cost US$50
    This interactive course will be conducted over an email loop.

    If you have questions about this workshop, please email edittorrent at


    My new novel, The Year She Fell, is available now from Bell Bridge Books.

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    Another fiction editor, Theresa Stevens, and I have a blog about editing-- just whatever we think about as we edited novels and novellas.  Recent posts have been about:

    Sentence tension

    Opening scenes

    Mean editors

    Deep POV

    Slushpile gems

    Structure primer

    Check it out!  Edittorrent is the blog's name.

    Also-- sign up for my free newsletter.  You'll get occasional writing articles and tips by email. Your email address will not be used for anything but mailing the newsletter.  To subscribe, click here and send the blank email, or send a blank email to: 

         If you're a writer of popular fiction, you'll find plenty of advice around here on how to turbocharge your stories, from the award-winning novelist and workshop leader  Alicia Rasley

          For instance, click here for one of the Top Ten Plotting Mistakes Writers Make.   And here are many, many, too many articles about writing:

    Order my Writer's Digest book on Point of View:   


    This  manual was released by Writer's Digest Books in March 2008.  It explores the complex but essential subject of character Point of View in an interactive and non-judgmental fashion.  It's for you if you want more than just "first-person/third person", and if you're tired of 
    rules and ready to make your own decisions about POV in your own story.

    You're welcome to browse through some of my articles, or submit a "question of the month" about some writing issue or a problem you're having with your own writing. 

    I also have a complete guide to plotting and writing element booklets for sale. 

    Please honor my ownership of this material. 
    If you'd like to print it out for your personal use or to send to a friend, feel free, but retain my name and copyright on the article. 

    If you're interested in reprinting it in a newsletter or linking to it on a website, please email me and ask for permission. 

    So have a seat, and settle in, and let's talk writing. 

    Fix Your Plot!

    My long-awaited (at least by me) plotting guide is available now. The Story Within Guidebook is an interactive guidebook that leads you into exploration of your own characters and plot. This is a plot book for the rest of us, the ones who aren't quite linear in our thinking. Check out the excerpt-- you can order from  that page too. 

    And my Writer's Digest book on Point of View:   

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