The Power of Chiastic Story Structure (Especially in a Series)

Chiastic Story… When writers put on their story theorist caps, nothing is more exciting than those moments when you get to recognize consistent patterns emerging within obvious story forms. This is the basis of all of our understanding (and musing) about story, including the chiastic story structure we’ve been studying these past few months. Although … More The Power of Chiastic Story Structure (Especially in a Series)

What Is Dreamzoning? (7 Steps to Finding New Story Ideas)

What Is Dreamzoning? (7 Steps to Finding New Story Ideas) Every writer knows a thing or two about daydreaming. But what about dreamzoning? What’s that—and how can it help you cultivate inspiration for your storytelling? Put simplistically, dreamzoning is basically just daydreaming on steroids. It’s purposeful, focused daydreaming. It’s intense. It’s fun. And if you’re … More What Is Dreamzoning? (7 Steps to Finding New Story Ideas)

Critique: 4 Ways to Write Sequel Scenes That Grip Readers

Critique: 4 Ways to Write Sequel Scenes That Grip Readers K.M.Weiland Scene structure asks for a one-two punch pairing of action and reaction—or as Dwight V. Swain named them in what has come to be considered “classic” scene structure, scene and sequel. The need to write sequel scenes, the reaction half of the equation, is … More Critique: 4 Ways to Write Sequel Scenes That Grip Readers

5 Exercises for Honing Your Story Instinctseiland

5 Exercises for Honing Your Story Instincts K.M. Weiland How strong are your story instincts? This abstract and sometimes elusive concept rests at the very bottom of a writer’s toolkit. Your story instincts determine how successful your storytelling is, and whether you are able to offer readers the all-important “it” factor. Your story instincts are … More 5 Exercises for Honing Your Story Instinctseiland

Afraid to Let Anyone Read Your Writing? 5 Steps to Move Past Fears

Afraid to Let Anyone Read Your Writing? 5 Steps to Move Past Fears   One of the best things about writing is being read. Unfortunately, that can also be one of the scariest things. When you’re just starting out, it can feel like a huge jump to let someone else read your story for the … More Afraid to Let Anyone Read Your Writing? 5 Steps to Move Past Fears

7 Rules for Double-Checking Your Antagonist’s Motivations

7 Rules for Double-Checking Your Antagonist’s Motivations Honestly, antagonists drive me nuts. They are, perhaps rather poetically, the great nemeses of my writing life. I still struggle with them, for all the reasons mentioned above, in every book I write. In fact, I’ve come to realize that much of the reason I’ve been blocked for … More 7 Rules for Double-Checking Your Antagonist’s Motivations