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Lisa A. Nichols lives in Michigan with a tiny ridiculous dog, too many cats, and a crush on Luke Skywalker that she should’ve outgrown thirty years ago.

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Lisa A. Nichols Learn how to finish things. For so long, I would reach a certain point in a story (usually about 30%-50%) and stop, because it got hard and I started…moreLearn how to finish things. For so long, I would reach a certain point in a story (usually about 30%-50%) and stop, because it got hard and I started to think maybe it was just a bad idea, so I'd move on to the new shiny idea--and wound up with a lot of half-finished stories. The thing no one told me is that stalling point happens to EVERYONE. The only thing to do is keep going, and it will get easier again. So when a story gets hard to write, don't chase the shiny new idea!(less)
Lisa A. Nichols I grew up reading and watching sci-fi where most of the main characters were men. Women were usually there to be pretty, the love interest, and/or get…moreI grew up reading and watching sci-fi where most of the main characters were men. Women were usually there to be pretty, the love interest, and/or get rescued. As I got older, there were more female protagonists in sci-fi, but most of them were under 35. Books about women over 40 seemed focused on home and family—which is great, but that was all I really saw. Even romance—a genre I love—tends toward younger heroines.

As a woman over 40 myself now, I wanted to write about a woman my age who is on the threshold of upending the entire world, but at the same time, wrestling with the usual concerns: balancing work and family, raising a teenager, dealing with a troubled marriage. I wanted her to “have it all,” and struggle with it. I wanted her to be both in danger and dangerous. I wanted her to take control of her own life in overwhelming circumstances and come through with a stronger sense of who she is.

And that story, that woman, to my delight, took shape in VESSEL and Catherine Wells.(less)
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Welcome to the third post in a series, “I Have a Story Idea, Now What?” This time we’ll be talking about plotting.


Obligatory disclaimer: there is no one true way to write or outline or plot or edit. What I’ll be doing in these posts is talking about how I do things, and why, and what I’ve struggled with. Feel free to use anything that seems useful and ignore the rest.


 


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William Goldman
“Buttercup's mother whirled on him. 'Did you forget to pay your taxes?' (This was after taxes. But everything is after taxes. Taxes were here even before stew.)”
William Goldman, The Princess Bride

Ezra Pound
“ The Lake Isle

O God, O Venus, O Mercury, patron of thieves,
Give me in due time, I beseech you, a little tobacco-shop,
With the little bright boxes
piled up neatly upon the shelves
And the loose fragrant cavendish
and the shag,
And the bright Virginia
loose under the bright glass cases,
And a pair of scales not too greasy,
And the whores dropping in for a word or two in passing,
For a flip word, and to tidy their hair a bit.

O God, O Venus, O Mercury, patron of thieves,
Lend me a little tobacco-shop,
or install me in any profession
Save this damn’d profession of writing,
where one needs one’s brains all the time.”
Ezra Pound

Lisa Nicholas
“It wasn’t the first time he’d met someone that made him want to kneel, to crawl, to submit, but it was the strongest reaction he’d had in a long time. And she had no qualms about manhandling him. His wrists still ached from where she’d grabbed him, and he wanted to savor that.”
Lisa Nicholas, The Farther I Fall

Lisa Scottoline
“I'm a sociopath. I look normal, but I'm not. I'm smarter, better, and freer, because I'm not bound by rules, law, emotion or regard for you.”
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Scott Lynch
“Mew," the kitten retorted, locking gazes with him. It had the expression common to all kittens, that of a tyrant in the becoming. 'I was comfortable, and you dared to move,' those jade eyes said. 'For that you must die.' When it became apparent to the cat that its two or three pounds of mass were insufficient to break Locke's neck with one mighty snap, it put its paws on his shoulders and began sharing its drool-covered nose with his lips. He recoiled.”
Scott Lynch, Red Seas Under Red Skies

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