Author @DMassenzio asks Eden Baylee 20 Questions

I had the pleasure of answering some unique questions for author Don Massenzio. You may recall he was on my blog earlier this year and is an avid supporter of indie authors.

If you’d like to read my responses to Don’s questions, including my answer to:

Q6) Where do you get your ideas for your books?

Then hop over to Don’s site and connect to him. You can read the interview here.


Connect to Don 

Don M

Web Site | Blog | Facebook Author Page

Amazon Author Page | Goodreads Author Page

Google+ | Twitter @dmassenzio

Barnes and Noble | Smashwords

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13 responses to “Author @DMassenzio asks Eden Baylee 20 Questions

  1. This may sound like an odd question. How do you know when to a story is finally complete? There’s no more rewriting and editing, this is the final version?


    • Hi Matt … great question, and a difficult one to answer, but I’ll try my best to provide some insight.

      Some writers must know how a story ends before they even start writing. The end is their beacon. Every word they write must move them toward that ending.

      I’m not one of those writers.

      I’m more of a ‘pantser’ than a ‘plotter.’ I fly by the seat of my pants for a lot of my writing (with a loose outline). Sometimes it works well, sometimes not. I’m trying harder to move toward a ‘plotter’s’ way of writing as it’s a better method when planning a book series. It’s more work upfront, but it helps provide a framework.

      All stories basically have 3 elements, and your question deals with the third one — RESOLUTION.

      1. Characters: Who is the protagonist and antagonist? Reveal minor characters and their relationships with each other.

      2. Conflict: How do the characters transform through challenge? What challenges do they meet? Include emotions, changes in context, and changes in perspective/understanding.

      3. Resolution: How did the character(s) change? Provide the necessary context and emotion for the audience to process the story.

      To sum it up, a story is complete when some form of resolution is reached. It doesn’t have to be a happy ending tied up in a pink bow, but it does need to address the conflict of the story. Ultimately, you need to resolve it. Rewrites and edits reveal plot holes, tighten up dialogue, fix grammar issues, etc., and this should be done until your story shines, but you need the core elements of the story in place first.

      I hope this makes sense, Matt. Feel free to connect again if not.



  2. How about a gymnast who is an assassin, or a really flexible killer?

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  3. Thanks for reblogging this and inviting people to connect. It was a pleasure featuring you on my blog.

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  4. Thanks for posting the link, Eden!

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