Category: craft

How to Write a (good!) Book a Month

In last week’s blog post, I discussed the benefits of writing quickly. But how, exactly, do so many writers do it? They’ve honed their craft If you read last week’s post, this one probably sounds familiar. If you write quickly,…

The Benefits of Writing Quickly

There’s a generally accepted belief among writers that it should take you years, or at least many months, to write a book. The longer you spend writing, the better. I’m a member of many indie writing groups on Facebook (and…

Better Call Saul: Literary Theme

Spoiler Warning: this post contains spoilers for season one of the AMC television show Better Call Saul. If you haven’t seen it yet and don’t want it to be spoiled, you can watch it on Netflix. You can also purchase…

Subverting expectation in fiction

Today’s article is about subverting expectation in fiction. According to the Oxford Dictionary, subversion is the act of undermining something, usually an established system or institution. Normally, the term is applied to politics, as in subverting the government. But you…

4-Act Story Structure

Like most writers, I’ve always had trouble writing the middle of any story. Back before I even knew what plotting was, I would start a story and write and write… and then hit a point where I had to stop because I would…

Motivation-Reaction Units

Note: This is the third installment of our scene structure series. While this article will still make sense if you haven’t read the first two, I suggest going back and reading the posts on Scene and Sequel for better understanding.…

Scene and Sequel: the Sequel

This post is the second in a series on scene structure. Last week, we spoke about the first part of large scale scene structure, the Scene. If you have not read that article yet, please follow this link and do…

Scene and Sequel: the Scene

This article is the first installment of a 3-part series on scene. The topic today is large-scale scene structure, otherwise known and “Scene and Sequel.” Today we will talk about Scenes, next week we will cover Sequels, and then we…