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 intense …

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 the …

Tighten Thy Subplots

Subplots are subordinate plots weaved into a story to enrich the reader's experience. Not to increase wordcount, or stick some personal vendetta into an otherwise unsuspecting story, and for crying out loud pleeease not to shoot the reader point-blank between the eyes with An Important Point you itch to make. Subplots exist only to make …

How to write a Kickass Outline and get Hooked

Last week I attended an online writing class on story beginnings with the awesome Les Edgerton, organized by StoneHouse University, a very successful indie publisher and training center for writers created by Aaron Patterson and K.C. Neal. It was great fun and very instructive, full of straightforward tips, great examples, and interesting tales from Les's considerable …