Category: plot

Plot progression: points, twists, and hinges.

(And why hinges rock.) Please excuse me while I assign already well-loved terms new meanings for my own benefit. (This is to say, writing terminology means something slightly different or goes by slightly different terms depending on who you ask. Two of the definitions… Continue Reading “Plot progression: points, twists, and hinges.”

How to write a novel: a beginner’s guide to the basics of storytelling.

First off, you have to know these two things: Your first draft of your first book will be terrible. All your favorite authors of all time wrote a terrible first draft of their first book too. Probably a terrible second and third draft, maybe… Continue Reading “How to write a novel: a beginner’s guide to the basics of storytelling.”

What not to (not) write in fantasy.

I’ve seen some posts going around on what not to write in fantasy, many of which amount to: Don’t write evil kings. Don’t write people who are evil for the sake of evil. Don’t write bullies. Don’t write villains at all actually. Don’t write mentors. Don’t… Continue Reading “What not to (not) write in fantasy.”

Every scene furthers the plot.

Some writers confuse “you must further the plot with every scene” with “heavy plot handling must happen constantly.” (Which is a shame, because the latter is not only incorrect, but can make your character’s interactions stiff and boring.) It’s okay to let your characters… Continue Reading “Every scene furthers the plot.”

Making your angst hurt: the power of lighthearted scenes. 

I’m incredibly disappointed with the trend in stories (especially ‘edgy’ YA novels) to bombard the reader with traumatic situations, angry characters, and relationship drama without ever first giving them a reason to root for a better future. As a reader… I might care that… Continue Reading “Making your angst hurt: the power of lighthearted scenes. “

Plotting a Story: Filling in the gaps.

When you struggle to connect the main plot points. Fore word: This is how I do the thing. It’s not the only way to do the thing, nor the “right way,” just one way, which happens to work really well for me. I hope it… Continue Reading “Plotting a Story: Filling in the gaps.”

Writing the Beginning of a Story: The First Act.

How to start a novel, set up your plot and characters, and get onto the heart of the story! I’m writing this under the assumption everyone’s seen these three articles already, so be sure to take a look at them: A Killer First Chapter… Continue Reading “Writing the Beginning of a Story: The First Act.”

A Killer First Chapter

Tips and tricks to help you write a fantastic first chapter.