What’s the point of a scene? There’s only one answer to this question – each scene moves the story along. So if you’re writing scenes that don’t move the story along, then you’re wasting your time. Those scenes need to be deleted, no exceptions. With my latest project, I’ve found myself asking “so what’s the … Read moreWhat’s the Point Anyway?
This is something I just wrote in an email to a friend. Some writers dream about it…while others do it. What is meant by this statement is that a lot of people dream about writing, think about writing and plan what they are going to write, but they never actually write. And they never finish … Read moreWriting Every Day
Writing a novel is not an easy thing to do. You have put time and effort into your planning stages and built your character profiles, now it’s time to… write! Remembering what was said in Beginnings and Endings, let’s take a look at the middle. Constructing a Scene Every scene in a story has both … Read moreWriting a Novel
Deciding where to start your story is probably one of the hardest decisions you will have to make because the first pages, if not lines, of your story will decide its outcome. If you can’t get the reader interested straight away you will lose that reader forever (and that reader just might be a publisher … Read moreThe Beginning…
This is an issue that haunts most aspiring writers. Most word processors are equipped with a word count feature, but this is NOT the way to do it. Even though using this feature will give you the actual word count used, the printing industry works it out differently. If you look at any two pages … Read moreWord Count
I’m not sure where the information originally came from but thanks go to Kristine from the AFWD group for sharing. 1) Exposition or Introduction Establishes tone, setting, some of main characters, previous events to understand play, and main conflict. 2) Rising Action A series of complications for the protagonist that come out of the main … Read more5 Act Plan
When writing, nothing should happen at random. Every element in a story should be for a reason. Names, places, actions and events should all have a purpose. If it isn’t going to lead somewhere, delete it. Here is what you need for a very basic plot: A likeable lead character who has a desperate need … Read moreStructure & Tension: The Plot
Writing the Perfect Scene – When I read this it made perfect sense to me. A light went on in my head – “this is something I’m doing wrong”. I will learn to write using the Motivation Reaction Units within my Scenes and Sequals. Motivation is what the character sees, hears, smells, tastes, and feels … Read moreWriting the Perfect Scene