Stop Plotting Paralysis, Use a Central Premise #AuthorToolBoxBlogHop

Stop Plotting Paralysis, Use A Central Premise

SEVERAL PLOTTING METHODS are based on a structure that takes one concept and builds on it, expanding and splitting until a workable outline is achieved. By breaking the plot into small steps, the overwhelming process of plotting an entire novel is avoided. These methods are based on a central theme or premise, which describes your novel in a sentence or less. “Love conquers all.” “Good over evil.” “Courage leads to victory.”

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The premise should be the touchstone of the story. The characters’ actions should be rooted in it. Complications should arise from it. If an action or scene can’t trace back to the premise, it should be cut.

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Get More Free Books #AuthorToolboxBlogHop

Get More Free Books

Today’s #AuthorToolboxBlogHop post doesn’t impart any words of wisdom about how to improve your writing. It doesn’t include a scintillating book review of THE book that will rocket you to the top of the NY Times bestseller list. Nope, this post addresses an activity closely intertwined with writing, something we don’t have enough time to do—reading. Specifically, how to get more free books.

Visit these websites to find lists and lists of free (and almost free) books: (the granddaddy of all)

I subscribe to these four. A quick Google search will give you more. And of course, if you belong to Amazon’s Kindle Unlimited service, you can have unlimited downloads of free books for around $12.00 per month (only 10 at a time, but, hey, unlimited). I’ll admit I don’t use my subscription as economically as I should. Books tend to stay in my library for a long time before I force myself to return them. There’s too many choices!

An alternative to ebooks

Now, if you’re of the opinion that ebooks are meh, and nothing beats the feel and smell of a printed book, there’s always the library. Or, as we discovered on a recent trip to visit family, the little free library ( These are freestanding boxes of all shapes, sizes and colors that have a sole purpose of housing books for free. Here’s photos of our recent installation:

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As you might be able to see, our library (a Goodwill find!) is painted like Noah’s Ark. We installed it twenty feet from our garage door on an alley that gets a lot of foot traffic. Word is spreading through the neighborhood, and I’m looking forward to reading books I’d normally not pick up.

If you’re interested in being a steward to a little free library, visit their website at If you’d like to find one in your area, they have a map you can access.

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Nothing bad can come from a book!

“A library is a hospital for the mind.”—Anonymous

“You are never alone when lost in the magic of a book.”—Marie Lu

“An hour spent reading is one stolen from paradise.”—Thomas Wharton

Happy reading (and writing)! Blessings to you all!


This post is part of #AuthorToolboxBlogHop, a monthly event on the topic of resources and learning for authors. Feel free to hop around to the various blogs and see what you learn! Go here for the websites of all participants or use #AuthorToolboxBlogHop on Twitter.





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Plotter or Pantser? #AuthorToolboxBlogHop


PLOTTER OR PANTSER? The question inevitably comes up whenever two writers meet. Opinions are strong on which is the best way to plot, and arguments against the other method sometimes leads to heated debates.

For those not familiar with the terminology, here is a brief description.

Plotters are writers who organize, plan, outline and have a full understanding of who their characters are and where the story is going before they sit down and write the first word.

Pantsers write “by the seat of their pants”. Generally, they start with a character or a situation and sit down, start writing and trust the story will come to them in the process.

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