About marichristie

Mari Christie has been a professional writer, editor, and designer in Denver, Colorado for more than 20 years. At the age of 19, she decided to learn to write anything requiring words. With experience in journalism, marketing and advertising, media relations, government and industry proposals, nonprofit grants, technical communications, business documentation, fiction, creative non-fiction, and poetry, this goal has, for the most part, been accomplished. Mari holds a BA in Writing, summa cum laude and With Distinction, from the University of Colorado Denver,. She has been an expert in word processing since WordPerfect for DOS; Microsoft products since Windows 3.1; desktop publishing since Quark 1.0 and Aldus PageMaker; and Adobe Creative products before they comprised a Suite. Since 2009, she has completed three unpublished historical novels and a book-length epic poem, and is currently at work on her first Regency romance.

Brainstorming Your Story? Proactively Avoid Issues | Jami Gold, Paranormal Author

Great brainstorming article below by Jami Gold. 🙂

Those of you who participated in the August brainstorming, I will announce a winner soon. I’m in the process of moving, and it’s taking soooo much time, but I want to mail the package before I leave. Watch this space.

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Can we avoid major story issues by doing a Premise Check before we write?

Source: Brainstorming Your Story? Proactively Avoid Issues | Jami Gold, Paranormal Author

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August Daily Brainstorming – Plot

Win a Kindle Fire 7, plus lifetime access to extra Brainstorm Your Book worksheets!

I am choosing a random monthly winner from all commenters who answer brainstorming prompts from Brainstorm Your Book.


Consider a subplot in your work-in-progress or an upcoming fiction book…

 

Which characters will be involved in this subplot? What are the story goal(s) for each character?


Stay tuned to find out who will win the Kindle Fire!


To learn more or find additional tools for brainstorming your next fiction project, check out Brainstorm Your Book: Planning the Parts of Your Next Novel.

Brainstorm Your Book: Planning the Parts of Your Next Novel is a hands-on, pen-to-paper, rubber-to-road workbook to help you generate ideas for all the elements of your next fiction book—character, setting, plot, and theme—to produce a more robust first draft, and more complete later versions. Whether you are writing your first book or your fifty-first, no matter your genre or personal process, Brainstorm Your Book will spark creativity, increase productivity, and make writing your novel a whole lot more fun.

In a series of questions, prompts, and exercises, Brainstorm Your Book probes your imagination, pulling small and large details from your creative mind and the world around you. The workbook will introduce you to your characters and help build solid friendships with them, show you both a bird’s-eye and closeup view of your settings, generate action to drive the plot forward, and enhance the underlying messages in your manuscript. It will walk you, step-by-step, through choices you might never have considered, act as a catalyst driving progress through the whole first draft, and increase your chances of ending with a high-quality finished novel.

Click here to learn more!

For more tools, tips. and tricks to improve your writing, go to Mari’s new Patreon page and sign up!

 

August Daily Brainstorming – Setting

Win a Kindle Fire 7, plus lifetime access to extra Brainstorm Your Book worksheets!

I am choosing a random monthly winner from all commenters who answer brainstorming prompts from Brainstorm Your Book.


Consider one of the rooms where your story takes place, in your work-in-progress or an upcoming fiction book…

 

Are there windows? If so, how many and on which walls? Describe the view from the window(s).

 


To learn more or find additional tools for brainstorming your next fiction project, check out Brainstorm Your Book: Planning the Parts of Your Next Novel.

Brainstorm Your Book: Planning the Parts of Your Next Novel is a hands-on, pen-to-paper, rubber-to-road workbook to help you generate ideas for all the elements of your next fiction book—character, setting, plot, and theme—to produce a more robust first draft, and more complete later versions. Whether you are writing your first book or your fifty-first, no matter your genre or personal process, Brainstorm Your Book will spark creativity, increase productivity, and make writing your novel a whole lot more fun.

In a series of questions, prompts, and exercises, Brainstorm Your Book probes your imagination, pulling small and large details from your creative mind and the world around you. The workbook will introduce you to your characters and help build solid friendships with them, show you both a bird’s-eye and closeup view of your settings, generate action to drive the plot forward, and enhance the underlying messages in your manuscript. It will walk you, step-by-step, through choices you might never have considered, act as a catalyst driving progress through the whole first draft, and increase your chances of ending with a high-quality finished novel.

Click here to learn more!

For more tools, tips. and tricks to improve your writing, go to Mari’s new Patreon page and sign up!

 

August Daily Brainstorming – Character

Win a Kindle Fire 7, plus lifetime access to extra Brainstorm Your Book worksheets!

I am choosing a random monthly winner from all commenters who answer brainstorming prompts from Brainstorm Your Book.


Pick a character, any character, from your work-in-progress or an upcoming fiction book…

 

Is your character good or bad at interpersonal relationships? How does this show up in their life?

 


To learn more or find additional tools for brainstorming your next fiction project, check out Brainstorm Your Book: Planning the Parts of Your Next Novel.

Brainstorm Your Book: Planning the Parts of Your Next Novel is a hands-on, pen-to-paper, rubber-to-road workbook to help you generate ideas for all the elements of your next fiction book—character, setting, plot, and theme—to produce a more robust first draft, and more complete later versions. Whether you are writing your first book or your fifty-first, no matter your genre or personal process, Brainstorm Your Book will spark creativity, increase productivity, and make writing your novel a whole lot more fun.

In a series of questions, prompts, and exercises, Brainstorm Your Book probes your imagination, pulling small and large details from your creative mind and the world around you. The workbook will introduce you to your characters and help build solid friendships with them, show you both a bird’s-eye and closeup view of your settings, generate action to drive the plot forward, and enhance the underlying messages in your manuscript. It will walk you, step-by-step, through choices you might never have considered, act as a catalyst driving progress through the whole first draft, and increase your chances of ending with a high-quality finished novel.

Click here to learn more!

For more tools, tips. and tricks to improve your writing, go to Mari’s new Patreon page and sign up!

 

August Daily Brainstorming – Plot

Win a Kindle Fire 7, plus lifetime access to extra Brainstorm Your Book worksheets!

I am choosing a random monthly winner from all commenters who answer brainstorming prompts from Brainstorm Your Book.


Consider the protagonist from your work-in-progress or an upcoming fiction book…

 

What is keeping them from the primary goal and how? What is driving them toward the primary goal and how?

 


To learn more or find additional tools for brainstorming your next fiction project, check out Brainstorm Your Book: Planning the Parts of Your Next Novel.

Brainstorm Your Book: Planning the Parts of Your Next Novel is a hands-on, pen-to-paper, rubber-to-road workbook to help you generate ideas for all the elements of your next fiction book—character, setting, plot, and theme—to produce a more robust first draft, and more complete later versions. Whether you are writing your first book or your fifty-first, no matter your genre or personal process, Brainstorm Your Book will spark creativity, increase productivity, and make writing your novel a whole lot more fun.

In a series of questions, prompts, and exercises, Brainstorm Your Book probes your imagination, pulling small and large details from your creative mind and the world around you. The workbook will introduce you to your characters and help build solid friendships with them, show you both a bird’s-eye and closeup view of your settings, generate action to drive the plot forward, and enhance the underlying messages in your manuscript. It will walk you, step-by-step, through choices you might never have considered, act as a catalyst driving progress through the whole first draft, and increase your chances of ending with a high-quality finished novel.

Click here to learn more!

For more tools, tips. and tricks to improve your writing, go to Mari’s new Patreon page and sign up!

 

August Daily Brainstorming – Setting

Win a Kindle Fire 7, plus lifetime access to extra Brainstorm Your Book worksheets!

I am choosing a random monthly winner from all commenters who answer brainstorming prompts from Brainstorm Your Book.


Consider a building or structure where your story takes place, in your work-in-progress or an upcoming fiction book…

 

Are outdoor smells associated with this building, like a coal plant nearby, or fields of flowers? What does it smell like inside?

 


To learn more or find additional tools for brainstorming your next fiction project, check out Brainstorm Your Book: Planning the Parts of Your Next Novel.

Brainstorm Your Book: Planning the Parts of Your Next Novel is a hands-on, pen-to-paper, rubber-to-road workbook to help you generate ideas for all the elements of your next fiction book—character, setting, plot, and theme—to produce a more robust first draft, and more complete later versions. Whether you are writing your first book or your fifty-first, no matter your genre or personal process, Brainstorm Your Book will spark creativity, increase productivity, and make writing your novel a whole lot more fun.

In a series of questions, prompts, and exercises, Brainstorm Your Book probes your imagination, pulling small and large details from your creative mind and the world around you. The workbook will introduce you to your characters and help build solid friendships with them, show you both a bird’s-eye and closeup view of your settings, generate action to drive the plot forward, and enhance the underlying messages in your manuscript. It will walk you, step-by-step, through choices you might never have considered, act as a catalyst driving progress through the whole first draft, and increase your chances of ending with a high-quality finished novel.

Click here to learn more!

For more tools, tips. and tricks to improve your writing, go to Mari’s new Patreon page and sign up!

 

August Daily Brainstorming – Character

Win a Kindle Fire 7, plus lifetime access to extra Brainstorm Your Book worksheets!

I am choosing a random monthly winner from all commenters who answer brainstorming prompts from Brainstorm Your Book.


Pick a character, any character, from your work-in-progress or an upcoming fiction book…

 

What does your character think of themself? Why? What do they want others to think of them? Why?

 


To learn more or find additional tools for brainstorming your next fiction project, check out Brainstorm Your Book: Planning the Parts of Your Next Novel.

Brainstorm Your Book: Planning the Parts of Your Next Novel is a hands-on, pen-to-paper, rubber-to-road workbook to help you generate ideas for all the elements of your next fiction book—character, setting, plot, and theme—to produce a more robust first draft, and more complete later versions. Whether you are writing your first book or your fifty-first, no matter your genre or personal process, Brainstorm Your Book will spark creativity, increase productivity, and make writing your novel a whole lot more fun.

In a series of questions, prompts, and exercises, Brainstorm Your Book probes your imagination, pulling small and large details from your creative mind and the world around you. The workbook will introduce you to your characters and help build solid friendships with them, show you both a bird’s-eye and closeup view of your settings, generate action to drive the plot forward, and enhance the underlying messages in your manuscript. It will walk you, step-by-step, through choices you might never have considered, act as a catalyst driving progress through the whole first draft, and increase your chances of ending with a high-quality finished novel.

Click here to learn more!

For more tools, tips. and tricks to improve your writing, go to Mari’s new Patreon page and sign up!

 

August Daily Brainstorming – Plot

Win a Kindle Fire 7, plus lifetime access to extra Brainstorm Your Book worksheets!

I am choosing a random monthly winner from all commenters who answer brainstorming prompts from Brainstorm Your Book.


Choose two characters from your work-in-progress or an upcoming fiction book…

 

In what ways do these characters work together? In what ways do they work against each other?

 


To learn more or find additional tools for brainstorming your next fiction project, check out Brainstorm Your Book: Planning the Parts of Your Next Novel.

Brainstorm Your Book: Planning the Parts of Your Next Novel is a hands-on, pen-to-paper, rubber-to-road workbook to help you generate ideas for all the elements of your next fiction book—character, setting, plot, and theme—to produce a more robust first draft, and more complete later versions. Whether you are writing your first book or your fifty-first, no matter your genre or personal process, Brainstorm Your Book will spark creativity, increase productivity, and make writing your novel a whole lot more fun.

In a series of questions, prompts, and exercises, Brainstorm Your Book probes your imagination, pulling small and large details from your creative mind and the world around you. The workbook will introduce you to your characters and help build solid friendships with them, show you both a bird’s-eye and closeup view of your settings, generate action to drive the plot forward, and enhance the underlying messages in your manuscript. It will walk you, step-by-step, through choices you might never have considered, act as a catalyst driving progress through the whole first draft, and increase your chances of ending with a high-quality finished novel.

Click here to learn more!

For more tools, tips. and tricks to improve your writing, go to Mari’s new Patreon page and sign up!

 

August Daily Brainstorming – Setting

Win a Kindle Fire 7, plus lifetime access to extra Brainstorm Your Book worksheets!

I am choosing a random monthly winner from all commenters who answer brainstorming prompts from Brainstorm Your Book.


Consider the region where your story takes place, in your work-in-progress or an upcoming fiction book…

 

What are the spoken and unspoken rules of etiquette? How important is compliance? What happens if someone ignores them?

 


To learn more or find additional tools for brainstorming your next fiction project, check out Brainstorm Your Book: Planning the Parts of Your Next Novel.

Brainstorm Your Book: Planning the Parts of Your Next Novel is a hands-on, pen-to-paper, rubber-to-road workbook to help you generate ideas for all the elements of your next fiction book—character, setting, plot, and theme—to produce a more robust first draft, and more complete later versions. Whether you are writing your first book or your fifty-first, no matter your genre or personal process, Brainstorm Your Book will spark creativity, increase productivity, and make writing your novel a whole lot more fun.

In a series of questions, prompts, and exercises, Brainstorm Your Book probes your imagination, pulling small and large details from your creative mind and the world around you. The workbook will introduce you to your characters and help build solid friendships with them, show you both a bird’s-eye and closeup view of your settings, generate action to drive the plot forward, and enhance the underlying messages in your manuscript. It will walk you, step-by-step, through choices you might never have considered, act as a catalyst driving progress through the whole first draft, and increase your chances of ending with a high-quality finished novel.

Click here to learn more!

For more tools, tips. and tricks to improve your writing, go to Mari’s new Patreon page and sign up!

 

August Daily Brainstorming – Character

Win a Kindle Fire 7, plus lifetime access to extra Brainstorm Your Book worksheets!

I am choosing a random monthly winner from all commenters who answer brainstorming prompts from Brainstorm Your Book.


Pick a character, any character, from your work-in-progress or an upcoming fiction book…

 

Does your character drink or do drugs? What kind? How often? Describe them when they are drunk or high.

 


To learn more or find additional tools for brainstorming your next fiction project, check out Brainstorm Your Book: Planning the Parts of Your Next Novel.

Brainstorm Your Book: Planning the Parts of Your Next Novel is a hands-on, pen-to-paper, rubber-to-road workbook to help you generate ideas for all the elements of your next fiction book—character, setting, plot, and theme—to produce a more robust first draft, and more complete later versions. Whether you are writing your first book or your fifty-first, no matter your genre or personal process, Brainstorm Your Book will spark creativity, increase productivity, and make writing your novel a whole lot more fun.

In a series of questions, prompts, and exercises, Brainstorm Your Book probes your imagination, pulling small and large details from your creative mind and the world around you. The workbook will introduce you to your characters and help build solid friendships with them, show you both a bird’s-eye and closeup view of your settings, generate action to drive the plot forward, and enhance the underlying messages in your manuscript. It will walk you, step-by-step, through choices you might never have considered, act as a catalyst driving progress through the whole first draft, and increase your chances of ending with a high-quality finished novel.

Click here to learn more!

For more tools, tips. and tricks to improve your writing, go to Mari’s new Patreon page and sign up!