I. Make an outline

I hate traditional outlining. I think lots of people found it hard to deal with during those teacher-enforced research paper projects in school.
Still, we need organizing tools when we write. I tend to use spreadsheet software to keep track of my characters and events in longer fiction. Kira Brady has another approach.

How to Plot a Novel: The Plotting Board Method | Kira Brady
http://kirabrady.com/2012/09/24/how-to-plot-a-novel-the-plotting-board-method/

Change your point of view

Seeking a different perspective? Consider author Virginia Morrell’s revelations about animal minds.

Try a prompt: write a sketch from a parakeet’s point of view. Or a chimpanzee’s.

What Are Animals Really Thinking? Author Explores Hidden World
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2014/02/140223-morell-animal-wise-animals-science-book-award/

A higher level of difficulty

Occasionally we read a story with a disabled character. The first one we meet may be Captain Hook. Ahab, another sailor, lost a leg to Moby Dick.

How does a disability – long-term or temporary (think “Rear Window”) – make a difference in a character’s behavior? What does he or she do to compensate? To overcome? To forget? What does he or she add to your story’s tone?

This piece points out some advantages to consider before you discount adding a disabled character.
Hiring Employees With Disabilities | Entrepreneur.com
http://m.entrepreneur.com/article/231731

Reading women’s words 10 + 3

Here are three from me and ten from Julia Bell for a baker’s dozen options if, as she says happens, you haven’t read much by women. Mine aren’t as literary as hers, but each is imaginative and fun to read.
Sara Paretsky: Anything in her V.I. Warshawski series offers a gritty look at Chicago and environs from the perspective of a hard-nosed PI who loves opera. Breakdown isn’t the first, but if you only have time for one, this is a good one.
Anne McCaffrey: The Ship Who Sang is spaceship scifi with a twist, and the first in her “Ship” collection.
Laurie R. King: Sherlock Holmes is enjoying a revival in several visual formats (all good), but King gave the great detective a female partner — Mary Russell — long before Joan Watson walked into a grimy New York townhouse in Elementary. Start with The Beekeepers Apprentice and go from there.

And then there are hers:

writers’ hub – Ten Books by Women that Everyone Should Read – Julia Bell
http://www.writershub.co.uk/reviews-piece.php?pc=2336

Getting good press

OK, so Valentine’s Day was a week ago and the organizing metaphor feels a little lame by now. But I’ve been on the receiving end of marketing pitches for years.
These tips are good.
If you have to do your own marketing for freelace articles, book tours, ghost writing or your nephew’s school fundraiser, following these suggestions will help.
And I’d add emphasize number two. Meet the reporter’s deadline. She or he will find another source if you don’t follow through.

8 Ways to Make Reporters Fall In Love With Your Startup | Entrepreneur.com

http://m.entrepreneur.com/article/231551?utm_medium=referral&utm_source=pulsenews