Category: Story Structure

Revision and the Art of Structure

Structure is nothing but a framework for exploration

Reasonably enough, you’re a writer who wants to do “your own thing.” You want to write the story you want to write, and you want it to be as long as it needs to be. You want to ride the

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NaNoWriMo: Thanksgiving Update – How Do I Write My Ending?

I am grateful for what I am and have. My thanksgiving is perpetual. — Henry David Thoreau I’ll be honest, 2016 has been a mixed bag. On the one hand, we’ve lost so many cultural icons, from David Bowie to

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NaNoWriMo: Day Seventeen Update – Story Isn’t Linear

NaNoWriMo 2016: Life is nothing if not unpredictable. Ugh… Ok. Life threw me a curve ball. So much for outlines. So much for schedules and daily word counts. For the last ten years, I’ve been the proud companion to a

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NaNoWriMo: Day Ten Update – Ugh, What Am I Doing?

My NaNoWriMo Advice for Success! So…. How’s That NoWriNaMo Thing Going? …Rassinfrassinmuffinlovin… mumblegrumblebumblefumble… Do you have people in your life who think that writing a novel is just like writing a grocery list, only, you know… more words? Yeah? So

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The Middle: Now What Do I Do?

One of the most challenging things about writing a story is making the middle, the second act, as vital and focused as the beginning was. Whatever was problematic in the opening of your story has to become more and more

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Eight Ways to Strategic Storytelling

Today, we’re going to take a general look at strategic storytelling, or how popular narrative fiction works. The goal is to find a clearer picture of the general form and strategy of long fiction, but along the way, we’ll touch

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The Dramatic Eight Sequence Structure

Literature has a healthy and long tradition, stretching back to the days of Ancient Sumeria and the Epic of Gilgamesh. So when it comes to story structure, if you ask ten different authors how to structure a novel, you’ll get

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The Challenges of Writing a Series

My youngest daughter recently celebrated her twelfth birthday. Aside from being an enormous Potterhead, she also enjoys young adult dystopian fiction (Insurgent, The Hunger Games, etc.). Tonight, after dinner, she decided to embark on a mission to civilize me. Though

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Love is Complicated

If you decide to write about love, you’re at the slight disadvantage of being in a line that’s five-thousand years long. Thousands of writers have written about love, and now you want to do it too? The competition is enough

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A Story of Love Is a Story of Community

What is Love?

Love is one of the master plots of literature. It’s been a staple in Modern English since the days of Shakespeare, and it’s the stuff of world literature going back to the days of the Sumerians. The story is as

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