Category: Plot

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…

How to Pants like a Plotter

NaNoWriMo’s coming in two weeks, and many of us are facing one of the biggest dilemmas of writing: to plot or to ‘pants’? If this is the first time you’re hearing these terms, plotting simply refers to planning out the…

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…

String of Pearls Plot

String of Pearls Plot: What is it? While you may have never heard the term ‘string if pearls’, you’ve probably noticed the problem in books, movies, and television shows. It goes a little like this: Protagonist sets out from point…

3 Unforgivable Character Sins

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Camp NaNoWriMo

Edit: Be sure to check out How to Win Camp NaNoWriMo: Set Up For Success for more helpful tips on how to make this year’s camp a success! Do you know what you’re doing for Camp NaNoWriMo this year? I’m anticipating…

2 Essential World Building Questions

  If you type in the search-term world-building into bing, one of the very first results is a list of fantasy world-building questions. Famously, these questions can range from inquiries about the type of government to what shapes tables are.…

The Three Phases of Creative Writing

  There are three phases of creative writing: planning, writing, and revision. To be a productive writer, it’s important to stay focused while working. Read on to learn the different components of each phase, and how they can help you…