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Questions 337: Where Did I Put My Antagonist?

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Robert asks: “What are good ways to introduce the antagonist when restricted to the protagonist’s POV??”

The Maltese Falcon
The Big Sleep
Lord of the Rings
He Ain’t Heavy
Blood And Weeds

Questions 334: Telling Multi-POV Stories

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Scott says: “I’ve seen authors tell complicated stories with alternating points of view. How do you make the threads meet up in the end?”

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Resources Mentioned:
Once a Hero

Questions 329: Writing Braided Novels

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Sarah asks: I want to write a novel with several distinct but related stories that ultimately tell a larger story. Any tips?

Resources Mentioned
An Instance at the Fingerpost by Iain Pears
Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follet
Middlemarch by George Elliot
The Source by James Michener
North and South by John Jakes
Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin

Questions 323: The Ever Expanding Series

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Simon asks: “I’d like to tell new stories in the same universe that I’ve just completed a five book series. Should I expand the first series or write a new, related series?”

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Resources Mentioned:
The Xanth Novels series by Piers Anthony
The Vorkosigan Saga by Lois McMaster Bujold
Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
Harry Bosch series by Micheal Connelly
The Lincoln Lawyer series by Michael Connelly
Prydain Chronicles by Lloyd Alexander
Conan the Barbarian series by Robert E Howard
John Carter of Mars series by Edgar Rice Burroughs
James Bond series by Ian Fleming
Hadrian’s Flight
Suave Rob
Discworld series by Terry Pratchett

 

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