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    Panning for Gold-Finding Your Best Ideas

    Ideas are a dime a dozen for us creative types. Often they come in the most inopportune moments or lead us on bunny trails mid-scene. And yet, when we go to decide what happens in the next scene, we often find our brains zone in on the obvious or worse go blank. Finding our best ideas for a scene is like panning for gold. We have to sift out the 90% that is just dirt and then analyze the last 10% to determine what is fool’s gold and what is real gold. Being time crunched writers, we need to learn to do this as efficiently as possible. So here are…

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    Nine Strategies to Make Your Scenes Feel More Cinemagraphic

    Have you ever read a book whose scenes felt movie-like? You’ve read the books that flowed seamlessly from one scene to another. You’ve read over the descriptions of the settings that were rich and details. As you turned the pages, you may have had a sense of action and tension that felt exactly right. As you read dialogue, you could actually hear the characters speaking. You saw them bust into the safe, stash the jewels into their pockets, and scurry out the back door before the owner walked in the front. You love books that read like movies.  The scenes of the book are so rich, you’re tempted to whip up a batch…