Plotting

9 Ways To Set Up Believable Fictional Breakups

Have you ever watched a film or read a book where the storyteller fails to break up a relationship convincingly? I think it happens all the time. It’s as if the author or screenwriter knows they need conflict, or something to happen, and they choose…
Back To Basics 3 Steps To Plot

Back To Basics: 3 Steps To Plot

For the New Year, I thought it would be a good idea to get back to the core basics of fiction writing – plot, character, and setting. And for this week, let’s look at easy ways to plot. The Best Plots The best plots are…

10 Basic Dos And Dont’s For Plotting

At its most basic, a plot is about at least two characters who have opposing goals. The conflict that results turns an idea into a story that can be plotted to the end. In 2013, we wrote a post about problems with plotting called 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…
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