The most important rule: Do not, I repeat, do not censor yourself in any way. Leave your editorial mind out of the loop. Just let the ideas come pouring out in any way, shape, or form they want to. Do not judge anything.

— James Scott Bell

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Think of it as the Doorway of No Return.

The feeling must be that your lead character, once she passes through, cannot go home again until the major problem of the plot is solved.

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The semi-colon is a burp, a hiccup. It's a drunk staggering out of the saloon at 2 a.m., grabbing your lapels on the way and asking you to listen to one more story.

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A writing teacher once told me that the most successful movies and books were simple plots about complex characters. You should be able to articulate your concept in a couple of lines.

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If you can write each day, do it, and meet a quota.

Minimum 350 words a day. A baboon can do 350 words a day. Don't be shown up by a baboon

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The thing I do at the beginning is a "voice journal," a free form doc that is the character speaking to me. I just work on it until I start to hear different from my own, or the other characters.

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Characters who are absolutely sure about what they do, who plunge ahead without fear, are not that interesting. We don’t go through life that way. In reality, we have doubts just like everyone else. Bringing your Lead’s doubts to the surface in your plot pulls the reader deeper into the story, and this is an excellent way to coax the reader to lose himself in the story world you’re about to create.

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Anyone living in Los Angeles who has opposable thumbs is required to write a screenplay.

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In fact, one could argue that the skill of the fiction writer boils down to the ability to exploit intensity.

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There's a perilous word fiction writers need to watch out for. The word is 'had.'

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Status, worry and comparison are ways to madness, not victory.

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Structure is translation software for your imagination.

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Superb historical romance, with a spiritual theme woven seamlessly throughout.

I much enjoyed The Covered Deep and look forward to more from its author!

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About James Scott Bell

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Write like you're in love. Edit like you're in charge.

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My philosophy on writing books is that if you learn only one new thing, or even get a new take on something you already know, it's worth it.

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Every hour you spend writing is an hour you don't spend worrying about your writing.

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