Plotting

Writing The Topical Novel

Writing The Topical Novel: Ripped From The Headlines

Sometimes writers take inspiration from the world around them – from political scandals of the day, crimes that grip the imagination, and social or environmental changes that keep us up at night. They take the issue and turn it into a topical novel. What is…
6 Main Story Arcs

Artificial Intelligence Identifies 6 Main Story Arcs

According to a data-mining study, Western literature can mostly fit into just six story arcs. This doesn't surprise us at Writers Write. We always say there are no new plots. The only thing that you have as a writer is your way of telling a story.…
Creating Tension In Characters, Plot, And Setting

Creating Tension In Characters, Plot, And Setting

Tension: The Great Opposite Effect  A good plot is sustained by a single thread: tension. You can have conflicts and resolutions across the span of the story, but tension is the rope that joins it from beginning to end. One way to create tension in…

7 Ways To Outline A Plot: The Ultimate Infographic

There are many ways to create a plot outline for your novel. "Outlines can be: 50-page detailed plans A reworking of The Hero’s Journey A simple series of index cards with a list of characters, major scenes and sequels Structured timelines A series of character questionnaires showing…
Perfect Scene Templates To Help You Plot Your Book

Perfect Scene Templates To Help You Plot Your Book

Over the past four weeks, I have written about mastering scenes and sequels. In today's post, I have included scene templates to help you plot these storytelling units. Previous posts included the basics of scenes and sequels, the anatomy of a scene, and the anatomy of a…
The Anatomy Of A Sequel

The Anatomy Of A Sequel

The Sequel In my first post in this series on writing scenes and sequels, I covered 10 things to remember about these storytelling devices. In the second I covered the anatomy of an action scene. In today's post, I am going to cover the anatomy…
The Anatomy Of A Scene

The Anatomy Of A Scene

The Scene In my first post in this series on writing scenes and sequels, I covered 10 important things to remember about these storytelling devices. In today's post, I am going to cover the anatomy of a scene. “In many cases when a reader puts…
Scenes And Sequels

Everything You Need To Know About Scenes And Sequels

How To Master Scenes And Sequels Our lives are made up of scenes and sequels. We live through times of action and periods of reflection. Some periods of our lives seem completely action-packed and others are relatively conflict-free. Novels are also made up of these…

The Love Child – Mashing Up Wild Plot Ideas

We’ve been exploring plot ideas this month. I think that putting a magnifying glass on plot is always a good idea. Characters are vital in a story, but plot is what holds it all together. It allows the characters to come to life – with…
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