Concept, Structure and Transformation – How to plan a novel

I’m almost finished with my revision of THE DEEP LINK — yay! But I’m so tired of working on the same thing for so long, I grind my teeth each time I open the document. So, to kick my writing spirits back into high gear, I already started working on my next novel. A standalone this time, in anotherContinue reading “Concept, Structure and Transformation – How to plan a novel”

An Outline In Time, Saves Nine (freakin drafts)

I finally crossed into the last third of my WIP with my massive revision! Yaay!!! Woohoo!!! *throws papers up in the air* *dances on her manuscript* Now, let me explain why this means so much to me. I started my revision (draft#2) before truly finishing my analysis of draft#1, because I just burned to makeContinue reading “An Outline In Time, Saves Nine (freakin drafts)”

The 3 Types of Character Arc – Change, Growth and Fall

The main reason I disagree with people who claim every story fits the hero’s journey, is that it’s not the only character arc out there, and it really doesn’t fit every story. While I wasn’t sure why exactly my story doesn’t fit the description when I wrote the post on The Hero’s Journey – My Pros and Cons, my late yet intenseContinue reading “The 3 Types of Character Arc – Change, Growth and Fall”

Confessions of a converted structuralist, or How I realized the error of my ways

I always thought I was a plotter, an outliner, a planner. Not a pantser. Not someone who discovers her story while she writes it, but someone who plans ahead and always knows which way the story goes. The premeditated kind. I thought this because I had a scene-by-scene outline of the entire novel as I wrote theContinue reading “Confessions of a converted structuralist, or How I realized the error of my ways”

Manuscript Revisions – Is This A Scene?

  The most important thing before attempting a revision, is figuring out what exactly we’re revising. So the top question to ask when we pick up any considerable chunk of text should be — is this a scene, or a sequel? The difference between the two isn’t always obvious. Scenes are often mixed with elementsContinue reading “Manuscript Revisions – Is This A Scene?”