The Do’s and Don’ts of Storytelling According to Marvel Part 8: How to Get the Most Out of Your Sequel Scenes

How to Get the Most Out of Your Sequel Scenes Part 8 of The Do’s and Don’ts of Storytelling According to Marvel Sometimes just the mention of “sequel scenes” makes writers cross their eyes. Isn’t a sequel, you know, a followup to your first book? What does it have to do with individual scenes? The answers … More The Do’s and Don’ts of Storytelling According to Marvel Part 8: How to Get the Most Out of Your Sequel Scenes

The Do’s and Don’ts of Storytelling According to Marvel Part 5: How to Write Subtext in Dialogue

How to Write Subtext in Dialogue Part 5 of The Do’s and Don’ts of Storytelling According to Marvel Good dialogue comes down to five factors: 1. Advances the plot. 2. Accurately represents characters. 3. Mimics realism. 4. Entertains. 5. Offers subtext. These are also pretty much the “levels” in which we master dialogue. When we start out learning to write, our … More The Do’s and Don’ts of Storytelling According to Marvel Part 5: How to Write Subtext in Dialogue

First Drafts: 5 Things That are OK and 1 That’s Not

First Drafts: 5 Things That are OK and 1 That’s Not First drafts are interesting creatures, aren’t they? They often start out in a blaze of glory and excitement, but at some point we start to wonder… is this awful? If things get really bad, we might even decide that it is the absolute worst … More First Drafts: 5 Things That are OK and 1 That’s Not

Creating Stunning Character Arcs, Pt. 8: The First Plot Point

Creating Stunning Character Arcs, Pt. 8: The First Plot Point If the First Act is setup, then the First Plot Point is the point of no return in character arcs. The setup ends, and the story begins “for realz.” At this point the character commits—usually because he has no choice—to a decision that will propel … More Creating Stunning Character Arcs, Pt. 8: The First Plot Point

Creating Stunning Character Arcs, Pt. 7: The First Act

Creating Stunning Character Arcs, Pt. 7: The First Act The First Act is one of my favorite parts of any story. Why? On the surface, the First Act seems to be the slowest part of the story—and it often is. It’s just setup, after all, right? True enough, except for that one little word just. … More Creating Stunning Character Arcs, Pt. 7: The First Act

Creating Stunning Character Arcs, Pt. 5: The Characteristic Moment

Creating Stunning Character Arcs, Pt. 5: The Characteristic Moment By K.M Weiland First impressions do count. And your protagonist’s Characteristic Moment is his first chance to impress your readers. Now that we’ve got the basic theory of character arc out of the way and figured out how to set up your protagonist’s inner conflict, via … More Creating Stunning Character Arcs, Pt. 5: The Characteristic Moment

Creating Stunning Character Arcs, Pt. 1: Can You Structure Characters?

Creating Stunning Character Arcs, Pt. 1: Can You Structure Characters? By K. M. Weiland What if there were a sure-fire secret to creating stunning character arcs? Would you be interested in discovering it? If you care about connecting with readers, grabbing hold of their emotions, and creating stories that will resonate with them on a level … More Creating Stunning Character Arcs, Pt. 1: Can You Structure Characters?

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)

How to Outline Your Story: The Definitive Guide Part 1

How to Outline Your Story: The Definitive Guide By K.M. Weiland: As many of you probably know, my career as a writing teacher and mentor was basically launched when my first writing how-to book Outlining Your Novelbecame a surprise hit. Five years ago, when I published the book, I had absolutely no idea how hungry writers were … More How to Outline Your Story: The Definitive Guide Part 1