Writing Rules Explained: Give Your Story Structure | Tips for writers from a freelance editor about why you should give your story structure.

Writing Rules Explained: Give Your Story Structure

Video transcript 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 … Read more

8 Things Causing Your Novel’s Sagging Middle | Tips for fixing your novel’s sagging middle and falling in love with your story again. A must read for writers who have hit a block in the middle of their story.

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

4 Storytelling Lessons from I AM LEGEND | Analysing other stories can help you develop your own storytelling skills. What storytelling lessons can we learn from the movie 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 and How to Use Them | Tips for writers on how to utilise the most important moments in your story. A must read for writers and storytellers.

The 4 Main Plot Points: What They Are and How to Use Them

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