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What are the StoryShop templates?

What are the StoryShop templates?

Beats templates can be found on the create a book card. Click Beat Template, select a world, select a series and hit “let’s roll” and you’ll get a list of beats to choose from. Available Beat Templates: Overcoming the Monster (Dracula)  1. Anticipation: A great evil threatens the land 2. Journey to the new world:…

Exercise: Create a Promo Pack

Exercise: Create a Promo Pack

Create your first draft for each of the following: Tagline Kicker Product Description What did this process bring to light about your story and your audience? In what ways are you more excited to start writing now than you were before this exercise?

Geography, Geo-Politics, Maps

Geography, Geo-Politics, Maps

Photo by Brett Zeck on Unsplash Ever notice how, when watching science fiction shows, that when encountering the strange, alien race from Tau Celtic 4 or wherever, the aliens all look and sound exactly the same? Like, the entire population of the planet dress alike, speak the same language, and appear to share the same societal mores? Whereas,…

How to Write Promotional Copy

How to Write Promotional Copy

Photo by israel palacio on Unsplash “Why in the world should I be concerned about promotional copy before I’ve even started writing the first draft?” you may ask. Kudos to you. You’re asking questions, and that’s always a good thing. The answer is promotional copy will help you focus your writing so that you stick close to the…

Mythology, Origins, History, Language, Culture, Religion

Mythology, Origins, History, Language, Culture, Religion

Photo by 贝莉儿 NG on Unsplash Readers want to be transported out of their reality and into a brand new world, but that only works if the imaginary setting feels real to them. Fleshing out your worlds by giving them their own history, folklore, languages, and cultures can create the illusion of a world which feels lived in,…

Genre Rules & How to Break Them

Genre Rules & How to Break Them

Image Attributed to Mark Dixon via Flickr By the time someone reads the opening line of a new book, they already have certain expectations. The book’s stated genre and the genre tags used to market it online indicate to the reader what likely awaits them in the story. And since most fans return to their…

Slogging Through the Mushy Middle

Slogging Through the Mushy Middle

Photo by Валерия on Unsplash It’s easy to get pumped up about writing the start of a book. New worlds, new characters, exciting possibilities! And after the inciting incident, the reader has typically been presented with an intriguing question—will the characters fall in love? find the treasure? defeat the villain? etc.—so you also get excited to write the…

Genre Setting, Fantasy & Sci-Fi

Genre Setting, Fantasy & Sci-Fi

If readers want exciting storylines, plot twists, relationships, and characters, they can find them in good books from pretty much any genre. But speculative fiction has something which makes it stand out. Fantasy and science fiction authors have total freedom in creating the imaginary settings of their stories. These settings aren’t simply used as background…

The Beginning in an Age of Distraction

The Beginning in an Age of Distraction

Photo by Aaron Burden on Unsplash Billions of human beings now have a rectangle in their pocket that can access near infinite amounts of video, images, games, news, forums, blogs, and feline-based gifs. This being the case, you should ask yourself why—in the holy name of Google!—any of them should bother sitting down to read your book. Is…

Insecurity and Voice as a Writer

Insecurity and Voice as a Writer

Photo by Christopher Brown on Unsplash Find your voice. That’s a piece of advice writers are given too often, and frankly, it’s poppycock (pardon my British). Why? Because you already have a voice. You’ve been talking since your toddler years, developing speech patterns, favorite words, and maybe even your own catch phrases. Chances are, while driving, you’ve had…