Planning and Story Structure

An Ending with Consequence

An Ending with Consequence

Photo by nikko macaspac on Unsplash Nothing beats a really satisfying ending. Nail your ending and the reader will shut your book with a smile on their face and an eagerness to find out what else you’ve written. But execute your ending poorly and you’ll leave them with a sour taste in their mouth and earn yourself unflattering…

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…

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…

Beats Vs. Outline Vs. Discovery

Beats Vs. Outline Vs. Discovery

Image Attributed to Bs0u10e0 via Flickr There are as many ways to write a story as there are grains of sand on a beach. OK, so it isn’t really a famous quote, but it actually happens to be not far from the truth. If you put twenty authors in a room and ask them about…

Basic Story Arc Options

Basic Story Arc Options

Photo by William Krause on Unsplash Outlining your novel’s plot can be daunting. Especially for you writers who are more character oriented. Or for those of you who just get so obsessed with the world building you completely forget to include a plot and realize, too late, your novel is actually an anthology of alien cultures. Luckily, story…