Why All Writers Need A Structural Toolbox ~ WRITERS HELPING WRITERS®
What Is A Structural Toolbox? Put simply, a structural toolbox is the foundation work all writers need to put in to ensure they … understand how structure works can apply structural techniques to their writing Think of it as a collection of tools you have to hand in order to identify and fix your stories. […]
How to Add Meaningful Subplots to Your Novel ~ WRITERS HELPING WRITERS®
Many people are familiar with subplots. They are those side stories that give a novel’s plot depth. A subplot may involve the main character or minor characters, but they enrich the story if done well. Subplots are everywhere. We see them in the movies we watch, and they are usually in every novel we read. […]
Your 3-Step Plan for Outlining A Novel ~ WRITERS HELPING WRITERS®
There’s only one reason writers ever talk about outlining. It’s a tool that’s supposed to make our jobs easier. But it isn’t always clear how to accomplish that. Do you just start writing a list of events that might happen in this story? Do you create an actual Roman-numeral outline like you were taught in […]
Want to Write Romance? Layer Your Scenes for Success ~ WRITERS HELPING WRITERS®
When I began considering writing a romance novel, I asked some of my romance author friends about structure. I had no idea that romance novels, across the board, followed a basic structure that differed in many ways from traditional novel structure. I was glad, then, to be introduced to Michael Hauge’s story structure for romance […]
Story Structure Diagram | Chris Andrews
I like this as a general guide to novel structure. However many resources I've read warn against getting too locked into a single script or pattern like this. Sometimes you need to save the climax for the last two pages, and sometimes you need the action to start on the first page (and fill in 'setup' stuff later).
5 Visual Representations of Storytelling Structure - Bang2write
Lots of writers find it really difficult to get to grips with structure. But structure is a framework we have known since childhood fairytales - 'beginning - middle - end'. B2W's Lucy V breaks down why visual representations can help us with our writing.
Do You Know The Secret Sauce That Turns Stories Into Magic?
What if you were told about a secret sauce that turns stories into magic? Here, finally, is the the recipe using conflict in storytelling.
Why I’ve Learned to Love Story Structure by Xandria Horton
I agreed to take on this blog post with some trepidation. Why? Because, in my opinion, script structure is a hot potato of “How to…” blogging. It’s like religion; those who subscribe to a system wi…
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Pinch Points In Fiction Writing - Crime Writer Sue Coletta
A few people have recently asked me what Pinch Points are, which made me wonder if others are struggling with what they are and how to use them. After a quick Google search I realized there isn’t really much written on the subject, oddly enough. And they are crucial milestones… Continue reading...