Movies can teach us a lot about storytelling. What storytelling lessons can we learn from Star Wards Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back.

3 Storytelling Lessons from Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back

We’ve learnt some storytelling lessons from A New Hope. What can we learn from The Empire Strikes Back? 1. Meaningless events: boring, confusing, pace killers The Empire Strikes Back starts with Luke being attacked by a wampa. Starting with conflict is great, especially when it prompts other characters to set goals; however, this attack serves no real purpose. When Han … Read more

8 Things Causing Your Novel’s Sagging Middle

The sagging middle is a problem many writers face involving the struggle to keep the middle of the story as interesting as the beginning. This is obviously a problem because if readers aren’t interested in the middle, they’ll stop reading before getting to the end. Understanding the middle In the beginning, we introduce our protagonist and … Read more

In my last video I talked about how difficult it is to start a story from just an idea and that it's best to develop that idea into a premise before you start writing or you'll have an increased chance of getting stuck. But while a premise might tell us what our story is about, it doesn't tell us much about what's going to happen. Many writers can take the premise and run with it, but not everyone works the same. If your premise hasn't got the plot cogs turning yet, how do you start? And when you do start, where do you go?

How to Turn a Story Premise into a Plan

How to Turn a Story Premise into a Plan (Video transcript) In my last video I talked about how difficult it is to start a story from just an idea and that it’s best to develop that idea into a premise before you start writing or you’ll have an increased chance of getting stuck. But while … Read more

I often hear writers say, "I have an idea for a book, but I don't know where to start."

How to Turn an Idea into a Story

How to Turn an Idea into a Story (Video transcript) I often hear writers say, “I have an idea for a book, but I don’t know where to start.” That’s because an idea doesn’t equal a story. Ideas don’t tell us much about the story at all. Ideas often involve no characters, no conflict and … Read more