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13 Week Rewrite: Week Eleven – Reality

This week, you’re rewriting through approximately one-third of your Third Act. Many things are happening to your heroine at once by this point in the story. As a result of her surrender, she’s re-framed her relationship to the meaning she

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13 Week Rewrite: Week Ten – Surrender

This week, you’ll rewrite up to the end of Act Two, where your hero surrenders the possibility of ever achieving his goal. Through this surrender, he experiences a death of his old identity and reframes his relationship to his goal.

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13 Week Rewrite: Week Nine – Suffering

This week, you’ll rewrite up to the point where your protagonist suffers. Certainly your hero struggles in a variety of ways throughout the story, but what makes this moment of suffering unique is that her suffering is due to an

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13 Week Rewrite: Week Eight – Act Two, the Sequel

At this point in your story, the stakes are rising. The story may be turning in a new direction and the challenge in the rewrite is to allow this to happen. You may not have seen the most dynamic possibilities

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13 Week Rewrite: Week Seven – Temptation

This week, you’re rewriting up to the midpoint of your story. At this point, your protagonist experiences a temptation to retreat back to the familiar rather than going forward into the unknown. This temptation is a crucial stage in the

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13 Week Rewrite: Week Six – False Victory

This week your hero will experience something that leads her to believe there’s a chance she’ll achieve her goal. This is a critical point, because without it, your reader won’t understand the meaning the hero ascribes to her goal. Each

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13 Week Rewrite, Week Five: Beginning the Middle

Over the last four weeks, you’ve written a new outline, rewritten the new beginning of your manuscript, explored the counter-arguments in your story, and your hero has made an irrevocable decision. Now it’s time to rewrite the middle. Your hero’s

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13-Week Rewrite, Week Four: The Decision

Hi, welcome back! Last week, we explored the counter-argument to your story, the resistance that your heroine faces in pursuit of a solution to the story-problem. This week, you’ll push past this point to the hero’s irreversible decision to continue

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13-Week Rewrite, Week Three: The Counter-Argument

Thanks for joining me again! Last week, you started from the beginning, re-writing through the opening act of your first draft. You set a weekly and daily goal for yourself, you pumped up the tension in your opening, you laid

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13-Week Rewrite, Week Two: The New Beginning

Revision

Ok, after last week, you now have a more specific outline. You’ve followed all your story beats all the way through, and imagined the most compelling order of events through which to tell your story. So now you’re ready to

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