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  1. Raimey Gallant
    March 20, 2019 @ 07:19

    Alone in a Room with Invisible People sounds like an interesting podcast. Thanks for the rec, Juneta!

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  2. Victoria Marie Lees
    March 15, 2019 @ 10:14

    All characters need flaws, Juneta, just as all characters need good traits and bad traits. I love reading your blog. I always learn so much. All the best with this new volume Grumpy Old Gods and the Masquerade anthology. Thanks for all you do to assist writers. Enjoy your weekend!

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    • admin2
      March 15, 2019 @ 11:20

      Agreed all characters need flaws but villains are a little more flawed than others and anti-heroes. Thank you. I hope IWSG has a lot of success with Masquerade too. I think the cover is awesome.

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  3. Chrys Fey
    March 11, 2019 @ 18:42

    13 Steps to Evil…I love that! I’m going to need to look at that book. Muahahaha!

    I outline/plot out my stories (chapter by chapter) a lot. Although there are a few that I write by the seat of my pants.

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    • admin2
      March 11, 2019 @ 19:14

      It’s a good book. I am somewhere in between making an outline and seat of the pants. I do the 5 plot points for novel ideas and 10 key scenes which include some of the 5 plot points in it. It helps gives me a little structure and ideas about necessary scenes yet leaves it all open as well.

      Understanding story structure better has help me a lot and I thought I already understood it but I am still learning and adding. Or something strikes an epiphany that had not before and I wonder why had I not realized that.

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  4. Adrienne Reiter
    March 10, 2019 @ 22:01

    I have to take a look at that book. I’ve wanted to try out an anti-hero as a protagonist. The transition shouldn’t be too hard. I write noir mystery and plot heavily. Great post!

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    • admin2
      March 11, 2019 @ 15:35

      Good luck. Anti-heroes can be fun. Thanks.

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  5. Lynda R Young
    March 9, 2019 @ 20:49

    Not knowing what comes next is the bane of my writing existence 😉 It’s why I tried outlining for a while. Brainstorming also helps. Just throw out all possible outcomes and go with the less obvious one. 😉

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    • admin2
      March 10, 2019 @ 13:40

      lol, sounds like sound advice. Thank you.

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  6. Lee Lowery
    March 8, 2019 @ 15:46

    Villians do like to hog center stage. They also like to suppose themselves misunderstood and misjudged. (wait – that’s me!)

    I am currently writing from both protagonist and antagonist POV, about 75/25. I have written from stritctly bad guy POV in some short stories in horror, which can work quite well with a ghastly ending.

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    • admin2
      March 9, 2019 @ 17:38

      Very cool. I have not tried my hand at horror yet, but may in the future.

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  7. Elizabeth Seckman
    March 8, 2019 @ 04:36

    I will have times when writing words is easy, then all the sudden I have nothing. That’s usually when I stare at walls and try to play the story out in my head so I can remember where I was going.

    I’m only about a quarter of a way into Rebecca. So much detail. I’m amazed!

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    • admin2
      March 8, 2019 @ 14:20

      I did to start reading Rebecca. I have read before but need a refresher just so busy lately. Yeah, that whole where am I going is part of it for me too, but sometimes where I thought I was going doesn’t work out or doesn’t work, but yeah, I need to rethink.

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  8. Judy Weir
    March 8, 2019 @ 02:09

    Hi Juneta: This month’s question has given me a lot to chew on. In my two novels, it occurred to me that I avoided delving deeply into the minds of the antagonists. Hmmm, I wonder why. Perhaps, a symptom of avoiding some nasty people I know. Time to face the dragon, me thinks, LOL. Good luck in all your endeavors, Juneta. Blessings

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    • admin2
      March 8, 2019 @ 14:18

      Thank you. Good luck to you too.

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  9. ChemistKen
    March 7, 2019 @ 07:13

    Your villains turn evil on you, do they? What jerks! Make sure they pay when your protagonists find their way out of the all-is-lost moment in your stories. That’ll teach them!

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    • admin2
      March 7, 2019 @ 11:12

      LOL, not evil, they turn anti-hero which ain’t all bad. They want to take over the story. Thank you. That is great advice too.

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  10. Loni Townsend
    March 6, 2019 @ 18:20

    I do like a complexly gray villain!

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    • admin2
      March 7, 2019 @ 11:13

      Me too. Thanks for visiting with me.

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  11. Karen Lynn
    March 6, 2019 @ 18:04

    Wow, you have a lot going on here this month! Good luck with the Anthology launchings.

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    • admin2
      March 7, 2019 @ 11:56

      Yeah, we have a lot planned for the year. Thank you.

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  12. Anna
    March 6, 2019 @ 14:38

    You are such a busy woman. I hope you’re taking care of yourself. 🙂

    Anna from elements of emaginette

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    • admin2
      March 7, 2019 @ 12:01

      lol, This year has definitely been busier. Thank you.

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  13. Christine Rains
    March 6, 2019 @ 13:02

    A lot of great resources here. 🙂 My villains can take over the show too. I have to watch I don’t make them right and/or too powerful. I usually write only from the hero’s POV, but I love getting into the heads of the bad guys.

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    • admin2
      March 7, 2019 @ 12:05

      LOL, those rascally villains. Thank you.

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  14. Jacqui Murray
    March 6, 2019 @ 12:47

    A whole lot of really good resources on this post, Juneta. I’m looking forward to the Grumpy release!

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    • admin2
      March 7, 2019 @ 12:07

      Thank you.

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  15. C. Lee McKenzie
    March 6, 2019 @ 11:33

    You have a lot going on this spring! Great news about your anthology, and I wish you the very best.

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    • admin2
      March 7, 2019 @ 12:23

      Thank you.

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  16. Pat Garcia
    March 6, 2019 @ 11:15

    Hi,

    I have read some os Sascha Black’s craft articles on writing, and they were really good. Good luck with the Grumpy old gods anthology.
    All the best.
    Shalom aleichem,
    Pat G @ EverythingMustChange

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    • admin2
      March 7, 2019 @ 12:24

      Isn’t she great? I’m part of her FB group too. Thank you. HUGS Pat!

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  17. Alex J. Cavanaugh
    March 6, 2019 @ 11:14

    You need to take control of those bad guys.
    Thanks for mentioning the IWSG anthology.

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    • admin2
      March 7, 2019 @ 12:27

      lol, yeah they are stubborn rascals. Your welcome.

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  18. L. Diane Wolfe
    March 6, 2019 @ 09:11

    There is so much happening.

    I remember an interview with an actress who said a good villain SHOULD steal every moment she or he is in.

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    • admin2
      March 7, 2019 @ 12:31

      Good advice. I know that is one of the reasons I like Star Wars Thrawn. Thanks for visiting with me.

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  19. Angela Wooldridge
    March 6, 2019 @ 08:31

    Looking forward to Grumpy old gods, well done you! 🙂

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    • admin2
      March 7, 2019 @ 12:33

      Thank you. 🙂

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  20. Natalie Aguirre
    March 6, 2019 @ 06:43

    I write from the protagonist’s POV too. I had no idea that someone wrote a book on creating villains. Good to know. Good luck on Grumpy Old Gods.

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    • admin2
      March 7, 2019 @ 12:36

      Thank you. 🙂 Its a good book.

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