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

The 3 Acts of a Writer’s Life–Or How Your Age Affects Your Writing

  J by K.M. WEILAND The 3 Acts of a Writer’s Life–Or How Your Age Affects Your Writing   I’ve been writing consistently since I was twelve, which means I’ve now been writing for the (amazingly long very short?) period of twenty-two years. In that time, almost as much about my writing has changed as has … More The 3 Acts of a Writer’s Life–Or How Your Age Affects Your Writing