I meant to talk about something else, but over the past few weeks I’ve found myself explaining this method so often that I just decided to write it out so I could have a link to post. Here it goes!! The “post-it method” is, I find, the easiest and most efficient way to come up… Read More Structuring your novel with the post-it method
The pre-writing phase, part 1 Today, I’m going to be answering another long-overdue special request. A few weeks ago, someone asked me “how do you know which ideas to pick, when you’re starting a project?” It took me a while to put it in a blog post, because this process, to me, isn’t really one… Read More How do you know which ideas to pick?
Satisfying endings This post is a special request. To make a special request, visit our Facebook page and post on the wall, or send a message. You can also write to firstname.lastname@example.org . As a writer, reaching the end of a story can be a taxing and emotional time. On the one hand, it can… Read More Parting is such sweet sorrow…
This post is a special request. To make a special request, please visit our Facebook page and post on the wall, or leave us a message. You can also send an email to email@example.com . I was asked to share my opinion on the MacGuffin (also known as McGuffin or maguffin), and what drives the… Read More The carrot and the stick
Writing unforgettable scenes The scene is the single most important thing to master in storytelling. Yes, you have to create vivid, unique and unforgettable characters, and yes, you have to master structure to be able to be able to weave a story that makes any sort of sense, but the bottom line is, if you… Read More Remember the part when…?
The bare bones of the three-act structure For this first post of 2013, I thought it would be good to get back to the basics while pursuing in my series of posts to better understand what makes a good scene. First, a disclaimer. This is by NO MEANS a comprehensive study of structure. When I’m… Read More Laying the foundation
About conflict I know I have promised a lot of posts in my past posts… about scenes, creature building, priorities, writer’s block… and I will get to them. But as I was writing about the scene, I realize how much information about storytelling needs to be understood just to grasp the notions I am trying… Read More The uncomfort zone
Choosing the right pace This post is a response to a special request. If you would like to special request a post on a particular subject, please click on “Got a question about writing?” in red under the page’s subtitle, and ask your question. All special requests will be treated in the order in which… Read More Story units