Writing Rules Explained #5: Give Your Story Structure

Writing Rules Explained #5: Give Your Story Structure

Whether you’re a plotter or a pantser, there should come a time when you revise your novel, and one of the first steps of revising your novel should involve giving it structure. I know writers seethe when they hear the word should, but honestly, what’s the point of perfecting your writing, or even elements like … Read more

Things causing your novel's sagging middle

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

How to turn a story premise into a plan

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

How to turn an idea into a story

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

Storytelling lessons from I Am Legend

4 Storytelling Lessons from I AM LEGEND (the movie)

SPOILERS AHEAD I like using examples when writing about storytelling techniques and found a few good ones when watching I Am Legend the other day. Movies and books aren’t the same thing, but that doesn’t mean you can’t learn anything about storytelling from watching a movie. Here are the lessons I Am Legend has to … Read more

The 4 Main Plot Points

The 4 Main Plot Points

What Are Plot Points? A plot point is an event that changes the context of a story. It could be the death of a main character, a new understanding, a new weapon, a new conflict, a new stake, an increase in the threat posed by the antagonist – anything that changes the way the protagonist … Read more