Category Archives: Writing tips

Kickstart Your Muse #TT

#Throwback Thursday This post originally appeared October 25, 2009. None of the advice to kickstart your muse has lost its relevance. . . I’m back from a weekend writing retreat and feeling recharged. It’s one thing to say “If I just had a chunk of time. . .” and actually sitting down and writing. I…

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Three Act Structure, Today’s “T” for the AtoZChallenge

For today’s AtoZChallenge, the letter “T” is for the Three Act Structure. (Today’s post on the Three Act Structure is an excerpt from The Plot Thickens:21 Ways to Plot Your Novel.) THE THREE ACT STRUCTURE is one of the most popular ways to plot a novel or screenplay. It’s the backbone of countless novels, TV…

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Using Subplots to Deepen Your Story #AuthorToolBoxBlogHop

Use subplots to deepen your story NOT ALL STORIES REQUIRE the addition of one or more subplots. Adding more to a rich, layered, and textured main plot could detract your reader. On the other hand, subplots can: Deepen characterization by revealing flaws, strengths and growth. Deepen theme. Add complexity and momentum by diverting the reader’s…

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