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Questions 234: Writing Prompts and Outlines

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Mike asks:
“Is writing from a prompt or a trigger an advanced skill? Will writing to an outline sabotage my development?”

Resources mentioned:
Young Indiana Jones and the Mystery of the Blues

The Coffee Service by J. Daniel Sawyer

Sculpting God by J. Daniel Sawyer

Writing Into the Dark by Dean Wesley Smith

Psycho IV

YA Adventure Special 13: Wrapping It Up

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Today, I talk about the Character Climax in Hadrian’s Flight, the denouement, and the experience of finishing up my first ever successful attempt to write a Heinlein Juvenile. Interesting revelations about the nature of creativity and young adult literature ensue.

This marks the final episode in this series of specials–do send in any questions it spawned for you!

And be sure to check out Hadrian’s Flight for yourself!

YA Adventure Special 12: The Action Climax

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Today I discuss the experience of writing the action climax to the book, and how I was able to solve some big problems by finding the answers within the book-to-date, including some unexpected twists. I also talk about how the Heinlein Juveniles have a bifurcated story structure in the final third of the book, why that happens, and how I accidentally emulated this feature with Hadrian’s Flight.

YA Adventure Special 6: Hadrian’s Flight, Complication

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I continue the blow-by-blow of writing Hadrian’s Flight in 34 days. I talk about structural decisions I made, and why I made them, and how I coped with a new series of curve-balls the story threw me that I wasn’t expecting.