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Day Twenty-Five: Idea to Novel Workshop: The Midpoint Reversal By Janice Hardy, @Janice_Hardy Welcome to Day Twenty-Five of Fiction University’s At-Home Workshop: Idea to Novel in 31 Days. For the rest of the month, we’ll focus on plot and the major turning points of a novel. Karl Ove Knausgaard, the Author of 'My Struggle,' on the Power of Short Stories By Heart is a series in which authors share and discuss their all-time favorite passages in literature. See entries from Jonathan Franzen, Amy Tan, Khaled Hosseini, and more. Karl Ove Knausgaard isn’t known for being brief. My Struggle—his celebrated six-volume, 3,600-page autobiographical novel—is an experiment in radical scope, a kind of literary ultra-marathon.
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Day Twenty-Four: Idea to Novel Workshop: Act Two Choice By Janice Hardy, @Janice_Hardy Welcome to Day Twenty-Four of Fiction University’s At-Home Workshop: Idea to Novel in 31 Days. For the rest of the month, we’ll focus on plot and the major turning points of a novel. Today, we’re looking at the plot-driving moment that gets us to the middle of the book. The Act Two Choice Mindfulness and Writing You are probably familiar with an image that has forged its way through social media. It outlines the creative process as follows: This is awesomeThis is trickyThis is shitI am shitThis might be okThis is awesome Conducting Research These OWL resources will help you conduct research using primary source methods, such as interviews and observations, and secondary source methods, such as books, journals, and the Internet. This area also includes materials on evaluating research sources. Research Overview We live in an age overflowing with sources of information. With so many information sources at our fingertips, knowing where to start, sorting through it all and finding what we want can be overwhelming!