Manuscript Revisions – Let’s Draw Some Blood

I’ve launched into the revision of my novel, so it’s time I showed you my weapons and merciless strategy. Over the coming few weeks, I’ll post on Mondays about manuscript analysis and revision tactics as I apply them to my own draft. I’ll try to keep them as factual and general as possible, but it’sContinue reading “Manuscript Revisions – Let’s Draw Some Blood”

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 makeContinue reading “Tighten Thy Subplots”

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 considerableContinue reading “How to write a Kickass Outline and get Hooked”

The YES-BUT Method of Deepening The Plot

Every story is about a problem that needs to be solved, and the protagonist is the only one who can do it. That’s basically the definition of plot: the constant struggle of the character(s) to solve an intolerable problem and (re)establish order. But how do you make that problem increasingly difficult and complex enough toContinue reading “The YES-BUT Method of Deepening The Plot”

Twist Your Reader

Ah, the twist! That wonderful, insidious construction that turns the world upside down and makes it a thousandfold more compelling in a heartbeat! But what is a twist and how can I write one? The human brain thrives on the unexpected. Surprises keep our gears oiled, our imagination and inventivity working and enriche our lives.Continue reading “Twist Your Reader”