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What is Storyboarding?

What is Storyboarding?

I don’t talk about what I’m doing very often here.  However, a careful reader can usually figure it out.  If I’m working on character development, I post…

Let Your Villain Fix Your Story

Let Your Villain Fix Your Story

Is your story boring you?  Do you think its cliché?  Does it need a fresh twist?  A fresh angle?  Does something unexpected need to happen? If so, your story must…

Elements of a Great Chapter

Elements of a Great Chapter

Almost every novel has chapters.  There are the few bizarre exceptions like Jurassic Park, but they are by far not the norm. (And even they have scenes.  Sequences of events…

Make Your Climax Stand Out

Make Your Climax Stand Out

Everything in your novel has built up to your climax.  And now you’re there.  How, in the world, are you supposed to actually write it?  It’s supposed to…

Character-Driven vs Plot-Driven Stories

Character-Driven vs Plot-Driven Stories

So y’all might have figured this out by now, but I write plot-driven stories.  Always.  Until last week when I wrote a character-driven short story for my…

How long should your chapters be?

How long should your chapters be?

How long should your chapters be? Nearly every beginning writer asks this question, but the answer isn’t easy.  There isn’t any set standard in the industry for chapter…

Outlining Multiple Point Of View Characters

Outlining Multiple Point Of View Characters

What if your story has more than one POV character?  What if your storyline is made up of dozens of different threads which weave together into a strong plotchord.  (Yes…

Shortening Your Manuscript (and leaving your story intact)

Shortening Your Manuscript (and leaving your story intact)

Two weeks ago, a friend of mine dropped this comment on my post, “Lengthening Your Manuscript”:   ” …  All my novels want to be so long that I quickly get…

Lengthening Your Manuscript (And Your Story)

Lengthening Your Manuscript (And Your Story)

Some stories are too short. Many beginning writers know exactly what I’m talking about. Have you ever finished a first draft and felt your heart stop beating as your…

Emotional Outlining: The Final Moment

Emotional Outlining: The Final Moment

Writing a climax is tough. Really, really tough. But it doesn’t have to be, and the first step to writing a great climax is writing a great outline. So…