Category: Writer’s Life

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Brains Don’t Do Random

How do we abandon the concept of being good, or getting it right? How do we train ourselves to produce stories on command? Those are hard questions to answer, since no two writers are quite the same. But brains do have some common characteristics. Brains are all about recognizing patterns. Where no pattern exists, the […]

First Draft Characters

This week’s episode of Sentence to Paragraph is the first of a series that will be looking at the various elements that need to be included in any successful first draft. Do your characters guide your writing or do you tell them where to go and what to do? Daryll-Lynne and Molly discuss how their […]

Drafting a Second Time

Molly and Daryll Lynne are back this week to talk about moving forward with writing that second draft! In this week’s episode of Sentence to Paragraph, Molly and Daryll Lynne frame their discussion of writing second drafts through the pantser/plotter problem. How does a discovery writer know when they’ve discovered enough and its time to […]

Story Structure in Three Acts

Welcome to this episode of Sentence to Paragraph and the first of a series of debates about how to piece a plot together! In this week’s episode of Sentence to Paragraph, Daryll Lynne and Molly exchange ideas and experiences about how they get their story ideas onto paper through using techniques of both the discovery […]

Finding Your Story through Scene Building

Join Molly and Daryll Lynne as they workshop some of the writing challenges they have faced in the last week. Characterization, conflict, and compressing every detail into perfectly plotted places might make story building feel like trying to weave a tapestry with a million loose ends. In this week’s episode of Sentence to Paragraph, Daryll […]

Tracking the Premise

Join Molly and Daryll Lynne as they seek out what it takes to pull together a cohesive premise that drives the action of a story Letters from Molly’s editor and Daryll Lynne’s takeaways from a weekend at the Oregon coast illuminate the importance of premise in this week’s episode of Sentence to Paragraph. Listen below, […]

Looking at the Feedback Cycle

Curious on how to move forward after receiving disappointing criticism? Join Molly and Daryll Lynne as they confess their challenges with getting feedback and how they use critiques in the editing process. In this episode of Sentence to Paragraph, Molly and Daryll Lynne examine the often vulnerable world of revision. It can be hard to […]

Creating a Point of View

Daryll Lynne and Molly discuss narration and how to find the best point of view for every distinct voice. First person? Third person? Young Adult fiction? French Nihilism? These are the questions posed in this episode of Sentence to Paragraph where Molly and Daryll Lynne share what they do to write through different characters, places, […]