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Hello Authors!

I hope you all have been having a relaxing autumn!

I am emailing you because I wanted to let you all know about an event we are doing in the month of November that may be of interest to some of you.

As some of you may know, November is National Novel Writing Month – a time of writers to challenge themselves to write 50,000 words in 30 days. This year, the Escanaba Public Library is joining in by offering a number of events (like writing groups) to help writers finish this challenge.

I am sending along a pdf and jpeg of our flyer of events for you to look at. Maybe you’d like to stop in and get some writing done or just pass along the information to a friend. NaNo is a great way for writers to find support and community, and to finish what some deem impossible. This year the EPL is focusing on supporting would-be authors and authors in our area in any way we can.  We feel this is a great way to do it.

And if you’re not in our area? See if your local library is putting on similar events! Houghton and Iron Mountain both have NaNo writers meeting this month, maybe your area does too!

Hopefully, some of you will be able to make it but if not, we are thinking if you during this time! Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

Brianna Ecklid

PS- This is the website for nanowrimo- www.nanowrimo.org


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Tyler R. Tichelaar

Tyler R. Tichelaar

Notes from Tyler R. Tichelaar‘s presentation at the Novelists Panel from the UPPAA 2014 Spring Conference

Plot and Character are equally tied together in creating a great novel. Neither one is superior to the other, while the Point of View, although perhaps not quite as important, is integral to both informing the reader about the characters, whether first or third person, as well as in its ability to advance the plot, which determines what the characters will or will not know about events and may or may not allow the reader to know more than the characters so the reader can often guess or have foreshadowing of where the plot is going.

Second rate authors of fiction usually make one of two errors:

  1. They write a book about a character that wanders all over the place and may be entertaining but the reader is left continually wondering “Where is this going?” Such writers tend to be writers, but not novelists.
  2. They write a plot-driven novel in which the characters lack development, and consequently, we can all guess what is going to happen. Terry Brooks, author of The Sword of Shannara, is one such author, and this fault tends to be more common among writers of “formulaic” novels, especially fantasy and science fiction, as well as crime and thriller type stories, although of course there are plenty of exceptions.


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