Structuring Your Story’s Scenes, Pt. 6: Variations on the Scene

Structuring Your Story’s Scenes, Pt. 6: Variations on the Scene   If writers have one complaint about the whole notion of story structure, it’s that it makes them feel boxed in. But the great thing about structure is that it provides a solid framework for your story, while still presenting endless possibilities. This is just as true of … More Structuring Your Story’s Scenes, Pt. 6: Variations on the Scene

Creating Your Character’s Inner Conflict: Want vs. Need

Creating Your Character’s Inner Conflict: Want vs. Need   Man vs. Self—it’s the most archetypal of all stories. This is because all stories are ultimately rooted in the primal and personal struggle of a character’s inner conflict. As individuals, our conflicts with others or the world itself are almost inevitably either reflections or projections of … More Creating Your Character’s Inner Conflict: Want vs. Need

Most Common Writing Mistakes, Pt. 42: When Your Story Stakes Aren’t High Enough

Most Common Writing Mistakes, Pt. 42: When Your Story Stakes Aren’t High Enough There are two different ways you can blow your story stakes–and both of them have the ability to ruin your book. Before we dig into the pitfalls, let’s take a moment to consider just what story stakes are. What Are Story Stakes? Your character’s stake … More Most Common Writing Mistakes, Pt. 42: When Your Story Stakes Aren’t High Enough

The Do’s and Don’ts of Storytelling According to Marvel Part 13: How to Be a Gutsy Writer: Stay True to Your Characters

How to Be a Gutsy Writer: Stay True to Your Characters Part 13 of The Do’s and Don’ts of Storytelling According to Marvel Sometimes the greatest act of courage any person can perform is simply that of being honest. This is arguably more valid for writers than for just about anyone—and it is nowhere more valid than in … More The Do’s and Don’ts of Storytelling According to Marvel Part 13: How to Be a Gutsy Writer: Stay True to Your Characters

The Do’s and Don’ts of Storytelling According to Marvel Part 11: The Right Way and the Wrong Way to Foreshadow a Story

The Right Way and the Wrong Way to Foreshadow a Story Part 11 of The Do’s and Don’ts of Storytelling According to Marvel Really, your job as an author can be summed up in one simple word: control. It is your responsibility to control readers’ experience of your story, to make them think and feel very specific … More The Do’s and Don’ts of Storytelling According to Marvel Part 11: The Right Way and the Wrong Way to Foreshadow a Story

3 Steps to Find the Heart of Your Story (How to Outline Pt. 3)

3 Steps to Find the Heart of Your Story (How to Outline  Pt. 3) By  K M Weiland Most of the time when you start figuring out how to outline a story, you know one of two things about that story. Either you know the skeleton of your story (its premise or plot), or you know the heart of … More 3 Steps to Find the Heart of Your Story (How to Outline Pt. 3)