Narrative elements

4 Basic Ingredients to Make Your Story More Complex (critical narrative elements of a compelling story)

Every story has different requirements. Some don’t need much character development. Others don’t need tight plots. But for your story to be the most engaging and compelling it can be, it should comprise these basic narrative elements. 1. Character Reader-Character connection Characters are the reader’s entry point and anchor in the story: what hooks them … Read more

Storytelling lessons from Six of Crows

2 Storytelling Lessons from SIX OF CROWS

I read the first chapter of Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo for #FirstChapterFriday and enjoyed it so much that I decided to read the rest of the book. I loved it and, as I can never turn off my editor brain, I pulled out two great storytelling lessons this book has to teach writers. 1. Don’t … Read more

Storytelling lessons from The Sin Eater's Daughter

4 Storytelling Lessons from THE SIN EATER’S DAUGHTER

After reading the first chapter of the Sin Eater’s Daughter by Melinda Salisbury for #FirstChapterFriday, I decided to finish the book. The first chapter started out great, but I noted that the second half of it took a bad turn and hoped that the story would right itself in the following chapters. It didn’t. Here are … Read more

What makes a great first chapter

What Makes a Great First Chapter? (comparison of 5 first chapters)

I love starting a new book; there’s something about beginning a new journey that invigorates me. When it comes to choosing the next victor from my towering TBR stack, a great first chapter will always win out. I selected five contestants and read the beginning of each to bring you some tips about what makes or … Read more